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Pirates Prospect Watch: Top Prospects Lead The Way For Altoona

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Pittsburgh Pirates- Liover Peguero

Things at the major league level are, well, let’s just say not going great for the Pittsburgh Pirates with 11 losses in their last 13 games.

On the bright side, the Double-A Altoona Curve are fairly loaded with top talent and has some of the organization’s most highly regarded prospect. That talent was on display Saturday night as Liover Peguero, Quinn Priester and Nick Gonzales led the way for the Curve.

Here are the rest of the top performers from Saturday.

Indianapolis Indians (66-60)

INF Hoy Park

  • Game: 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs
  • Season: .232/.338/.373, 11 doubles, nine home runs, 30 RBIs, 12 steals, 77 games

RHP Osvaldo Bido

  • Game: 6.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, seven strikeouts
  • Season: 3-7, 4.48 ERA, 94.1 innings, 85 hits, 55 walks, 97 strikeouts, 28 games/21 starts

It becomes a lot easier to pull out a win when your starting pitcher shuts out an opposing team on just one hit for six innings. That’s what Bido gave the Indians in their 4-1 win over the Louisville Bats.

Park made sure to have his starter’s back with three hits, including a home run. Brendt Citta and Blake Sabol each had a pair of hits.

Altoona Curve (62-62)

SS Liover Peguero

  • Game: 4 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs
  • Season: .261/.303/.384, 22 doubles, four triples, eight home runs, 53 RBIs, 23 steals, 110 games

RHP Quinn Priester

  • Game: 6.0 innings, three hits, one run, one walk, four strikeouts
  • Season: 3-3, 2.37 ERA, 64.2 innings, 58 hits, 18 walks, 65 strikeouts, 13 games/13 starts

Peguero matched a season-high with four hits and Priester pitched six strong innings for Altoona in its 7-1 win over the Akron RubberDucks.

Gonzales belted his sixth home run of the season and walked twice. Aaron Shackelford picked up a pair of hits in the victory.

Greensboro Grasshoppers (55-66)

OF Jase Bowen

  • Game: 2 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and a run
  • Season: .152/.198/.278, two doubles, one triple, two home runs, seven RBIs, five steals, 21 games

RHP Jared Jones

  • Game: 4.0 innings, three hits, two runs, one walk, seven strikeouts
  • Season: 5-6, 4.63 ERA, 118.2 innings, 110 hits, 49 walks, 129 strikeouts, 25 games/25 starts

Jones had his strikeout stuff working for Greensboro in its 3-2 extra-innings, walk-off win against the Winston-Salem Dash.

Bowen hit his first triple of the season. Jackson Glenn delivered a walk-off double.

Bradenton Marauders (64-60)

OF Tres Gonzalez

  • Game: 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run
  • Season: .323/.397/.369, one doubles, one triple, eight RBIs, three steals, 19 games

OF Sergio Campana

  • Game: 1 for 3 with a double, a run and a walk
  • Season: .208/.330./322, 13 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 27 RBIs, 28 steals, 96 games

The Marauders fell to the Fort Myers Mighty Muscles 6-3. For Bradenton, Gonzalez again showed a strong ability to hit for contact, and the Bucs are surely hope he can start hitting for a little more power.

Campana has had a strong start to the month of September with a .444 batting average, a double and a homer.

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