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Pirates Prospect Watch: Burrows Shines, Rodriguez Rakes (Again)



Pirates Prospects, Mike Burrows

A handful of more highly-regarded Pirates’ prospects performed well Friday night, including another strong effort from Endy Rodriguez with Double-A Altoona and a solid start for Mike Burrows for Triple-A Indianapolis.

There are only three affiliates to report on for the Pittsburgh Pirates in this edition as the High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers’ game against the Rome Braves was postponed due to inclement weather.

Indianapolis Indians (56-57)

RHP Mike Burrows

  • Game: 5.0 innings, four hits, no runs, one walk, six strikeouts
  • Season: 1-3, 4.31 ERA, 39.2 innings, 40 hits, 10 walks, 40 strikeouts, 10 games/eight starts

OF Cal Mitchell

  • Game: 2 for 3 with a home run, a double, three RBIs, a run, and a walk
  • Season: .322/.373/.512, 16 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 41 RBIs, seven steals, 55 games

Mitchell, who has been on a tear with the Indians, provided all the offense in the 3-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs. Burrows had one of his best outings since being promoted to Triple-A in the middle of the season.

Pirates’ prospects Joe Jacques provided two scoreless innings of relief, and Eric Hanhold picked up his eighth save.

Altoona Curve (56-56)

INF/C Endy Rodriguez

  • Game: 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs
  • Season: .375/.444/.656, three doubles, two home runs, 7 RBIs, eight games

C Blake Sabol

  • Game: 2 for 4 with a double, a triple, and two RBIs
  • Season: .274/.342/.478, 21 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs, 56 RBIs, nine steals, 92 games

The Curve improved to .500 with their 6-5 win over the Harrisburg Senators. For the eight straight games since his promotion, Rodriguez recorded a hit – two in this one. He manned second base for the first time in Altoona. Sabol had a pair of extra-base hits and drove in two.

Aaron Shackelford and Andres Alvarez each collected multi-hit games and a home run. Malcom Nunez also had a pair of hits.

Greensboro Grasshoppers (47-62)


Bradenton Marauders (58-53)

INF Tsung-Che Cheng

  • Game: 1 for 3 with a home run, an RBI, two runs, a steal, and a walk
  • Season: .270/.366/.429, 21 doubles, six triples, six home runs, 43 RBIs, 25 steals, 86 games

OF Tres Gonzalez

  • Game: 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk
  • Season: .273/.385/.273, three RBIs, seven games

It feels like Cheng is on this list for about the 100th time, but the infielder slugged a home run in the Marauders’ 9-3 loss to the Tampa Tarpons. Gonzalez drove in a run and was on base twice.

Jack Brannigan picked up a pair of stolen bases, including a steal of home in the loss.

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