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Pirates Prospect Watch: Termarr Johnson Hits Pair of Homers

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Pittsburgh Pirates first-round draft selection Termarr Johnson waits his turn in the batting cage after signing his contract with the team, before the Pirates' baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Pittsburgh, Friday, July 29, 2022.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Termarr Johnson appears to be finding his groove in his first full season of professional baseball with the Low-A Bradenton Marauders.

Johnson collected three hits for Bradenton on Tuesday night, and two of those three hits left the yard. The 2022 first-rounder now has seven home runs on the season.

The first multi-homer game of his career is another indicator that Johnson is finding his footing with the Marauders. After a slow start to begin his season after coming off the injured list, Johnson has been performing at a high-level lately.

Johnson was joined by these Pirates’ prospects as the notable performers from Tuesday’s minor league action.

Indianapolis (29-39)

2B Nick Gonzales

  • Game stats: 1 for 3, one double, one RBI, two walks
  • Season stats: .258/.365/.445, 13 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 27 RBIs, one steal, 54 games

RHP Jared Jones

  • Game stats: 5.2 innings, three hits, three runs, two walks, five strikeouts
  • Season stats: 0-1, 4.76 ERA, 3er/5.2ip, two walks, five strikeouts, one appearances/one start

Jones pitched better than the line indicates in his Triple-A debut and Gonzales had a nice game at the plate but Indianapolis fell 3-1 to the Columbus Clippers.

Pirates prospect Alika Williams had a pair of hits and scored a run.

Altoona (31-31)

LF Connor Scott

  • Game stats: 3 for 4, one RBI, one steal
  • Season stats: .210/.261/.327, eight doubles, four triples, one home run, 22 RBIs, six steals, 44 games

SS Liover Peguero

  • Game stats: 2 for 5, one double
  • Season stats: .272/.338/.449, 17 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 31 RBIs, 15 steals, 58 games

Scott and Peguero combined for five hits for Altoona but the Curve were defeated 4-1 by the Bowie Baysox.

Pirates prospect Aaron Shortridge took the loss despite pitching well, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings with six strikeouts.

Greensboro (34-28)

RF Jase Bowen

  • Game stats: 3 for 3, two RBIs, two runs, one walk
  • Season stats: .244/.316/.455, seven doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, 49 RBIs, 10 steals, 53 games

INF Mike Jarvis

  • Game stats: 3 for 4, one RBI, two runs
  • Season stats: .244/.333/.487, eight doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 34 RBIs, 13 steals, 41 games

Bowen and Jarvis each had three-hit games in Greensboro’s 10-7 win over the Winston-Salem Dash.

Pirates prospect Maikol Escotto hit a grand slam and designated hitter Shawn Ross hit a three-run homer to push Greensboro to victory.

Bradenton (35-29)

2B Termarr Johnson

  • Game stats: 3 for 4, two home runs, two RBIs, two runs
  • Season stats: .262/.425/.462, eight doubles, seven home runs, 25 RBIs, three steals, 44 games

DH Enmanuel Terrero

  • Game stats: 1 for 4, one home run, one RBI, one run
  • Season stats: .298/.400/.447, six doubles, five triples, five home runs, 25 RBIs, 16 steals, 55 games

Johnson’s big night and a homer from Terrero carried Bradenton to a fourth-straight win with a 6-2 victory over the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Pirates prospect Deivis Nadal went 1 for 4 with two RBIs and two steals. Right-hander Ryan Harbin earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief.

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