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Pirates Prospect Watch: Nick Gonzales, Lonnie White Homer Again



Pittsburgh Pirates' Nick Gonzalez bats during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, June 23, 2023, in Miami. The Pirates called up another first-round draft pick, selecting touted infielder Gonzales from Triple-A Indianapolis. Gonzales made his major league debut Friday night, starting at second base and batting seventh against the Marlins. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Pirates’ minor league affiliates managed just one win to start the week, although 2020 first round pick Nick Gonzales homered and singled to maintain his place atop the International League hits leaderboard.

Triple-A Indianapolis lost 6-2 to the Louisville Bats, with Gonzales’ fourth home run of the year accounting for all of their scoring.

The Altoona Curve couldn’t string together a pair of wins after breaking a 15-game losing streak, losing 8-1 to the Somerset Patriots. Sean Sullivan got roughed up early, allowing a pair of two-run homers.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers managed just three hits in a 7-3 road loss, while Thomas Harrington made his first appearance of the year in a rehab start for the Bradenton Marauders, pitching three innings to get the 4-0 shutout started.

Here’s a look at the top performing Pirates’ prospects to open a new week of games.

Triple-A Indianapolis (16-15)

LF Gilberto Celestino

  • Game: 2-for-3 with 2 singles.
  • Season: .293/.375/.337 with 4 doubles in 27 games.

SS Nick Gonzales

  • Game: 2-for-4 with a homer.
  • Season: .364/.424/.619 with 14 doubles, 2 triples and 4 homers in 29 games.

Double-A Altoona (6-22)

CF Sammy Siani

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a triple in his first Double-A game.
  • Season: .320/.395/.573 with 5 doubles, a triple and 4 homers in 21 games between High-A Greensboro and Double-A Altoona.

1B Seth Beer

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Season: .299/.396/.390 with 4 doubles and a homer in 23 games.

High-A Greensboro (16-11)

DH Rodolfo Nolasco

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Season: .181/.274/.306 with 3 doubles and 2 homers in 20 games.

CF Lonnie White Jr.

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .200/.278/.492 with 2 doubles, a triple and 5 homers in 16 games.

Single-A Bradenton (10-18)

3B Garret Forrester

  • Game: 3-for-4 with 2 doubles.
  • Season: .282/.429/.410 with 7 doubles and a homer in 24 games.

RHP Hung-Leng Chang

  • Game: 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 K’s.
  • Season: 21.1 IP, 0.84 ERA, 19 K’s in 5 appearances (4 starts).

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