Well, last week certainly didn’t go how the Pittsburgh Pirates wanted. They dropped three out of four to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix before being swept in a three-game series by the Giants in San Francisco.
Even so, there were still some players who performed well during the 1-6 week. Here are the top three standouts.
Third Star: Manny Banuelos – 4.0 innings, two hits, one run (unearned), no walks, four strikeouts
Ever since his disastrous first outing with the Pirates in which he allowed five earned runs and recorded just one out, Banuelos has been on fire. Over his last 12 appearances, he has surrendered just one earned run and his strong stretch continued with another good week.
Second Star: Bryan Reynolds – .269/.397/.462, 7 for 26, two doubles, one home run, five RBIs, four runs, seven games
Reynolds has enjoyed an excellent month of August for the Pittsburgh Pirates and he continued that this week. Really, though his strong week is thanks in large part to just one game.
In Sunday’s loss to the Giants, Reynolds had three hits, including a home run and a double. Reynolds collected five RBIs on the day, his second-most in a game this season.
Bryan Reynolds really is that guy!!! pic.twitter.com/bf3d3CHqpe
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 14, 2022
First Star: Rodolfo Castro – .381/.409/.762, 8 for 21, one double, two triples, one home run, one RBI, two runs, six games
It was quite the week for Castro for a number of reasons. For starters, the young infielder went viral when his cellphone fell out of his pocket while sliding into third base in a game against the Diamondbacks.
However, Castro had a great stretch at the plate during the week thanks to four multi-hit games. It was Castro’s first week back with the big league club since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, and he made quite an impression.
Cannonball from Castro! pic.twitter.com/9EPF11rvxK
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 13, 2022
The Pittsburgh Pirates will be back at PNC Park this week after an off day on Monday. They will host the Boston Red Sox for three games starting on Tuesday, followed by three with the Cincinnati Reds starting Friday night.
Check back next week to see the Bucs’ top performers from the week ahead.