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Pirates Prospect Watch: P.J. Hilson Clubs Two Homers



Pittsburgh Pirates' Henry Davis adjusts his helmet between pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates’ minor league affiliates enjoyed an almost perfect Thursday, picking up five wins in six games as they finally managed to sneak a pair of makeup doubleheaders into their schedule.

Triple-A Indianapolis split their doubleheader with the Toledo Mud Hens, falling 8-6 in extra innings after Toledo tied it in the seventh before fighting back to claim the rematch 5-3.

The Altoona Curve picked up a 4-1 win over the Akron Rubber Ducks, putting up the three-run difference with a trio of ninth-inning doubles.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers swept their doubleheader with the Hickory Crawdads, eking out a 2-1 win to kick things off courtesy of a two-run homer from Charles McAdoo. Their offense then hit its stride, with P.J. Hilson hitting two homers in an 11-1 Game 2 win.

Eddy Rodriguez provided all the offense the Bradenton Marauders needed, lacing a three-run double to the left-field corner. Carlson Reed struck out four batters in six innings on the way to a 3-1 win.

Here are the top performing Pirates’ prospects on Thursday.

Triple-A Indianapolis (18-20)

C/DH Henry Davis

  • Day: 3-for-7 with a double and a homer.
  • Season: .231/.429/.385 with a double and a homer in 8 minor league games.

3B Malcom Nuñez

  • Day: 2-for-6 with a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .273/.321/.430 with 7 doubles and 4 homers in 34 games.

Double-A Altoona (9-27)

RHP Sean Sullivan

  • Game: 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 K’s.
  • Season: 34.2 IP, 3.12 ERA, 27 K’s in 8 appearances (7 starts).

2B Francisco Acuna

  • Game: 2-for-3 with a double.
  • Season: .400/.550/.467 with a double in 9 games.

High-A Greensboro (22-14)

3B/RF Charles McAdoo

  • Day: 3-for-6 with a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .308/.381/.538 with 7 doubles, a triple and 6 homers in 32 games.

CF P.J. Hilson

  • Day: 2-for-4 with 2 homers.
  • Season: .203/.253/.446 with  a double, a triple and 5 homers in 23 games between Bradenton and Greensboro.

Single-A Bradenton (17-19)

RHP Carlson Reed

  • Game: 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 K’s.
  • Season: 31.2 IP, 1.71 ERA, 36 K’s in 7 starts.

RF-1B Eddy Rodriguez

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a three-run double.
  • Season: .286/.379/.357 with 4 doubles in 16 games.

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