Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Report

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Feb 13, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; A freshly painted logo adorns at wall at Pirate City before the Pittsburgh Pirates first spring training workout. Mandatory Credit:

David Manning


 Triple-A Indianapolis Indians

The Indianapolis Indians went 5-2 over the last week. This included a three-game sweep of the Buffalo Bisons in Buffalo. They followed up the sweep by returning home and earning a split in a four-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens.

International League Western Division standings:

Indianapolis Indians – 30-21

Columbus Clippers – 26-24

Louisville Bats – 25-25

Toledo Mud Hens – 21-29

Players that stood out:

Keon Broxton was called up from Double-A and it didn’t take long for him to impress during his AAA debut. In his first plate appearance, he homered.

Alen Hanson continues to swing a hot bat. He had 13 hits, including one home run and seven RBIs and scored six times. He is hitting .311 this season. Alen was named the International League Player of the Month for May!

Brent Morel had 12 hits and seven RBIs last week while raising his average to .218 for the season. This included a four-hit game against Buffalo.

Gorkys Hernandez had a grand slam against Buffalo. He is now batting .277 for the year.

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Tony Sanchez collected seven hits and eight RBIs while raising his average to .250.

Jaff Decker has returned to the lineup after some time on the Disabled List. He is currently batting .309 for the season.

Casey Sadler and Adrian Sampson both picked up their fourth wins, joining Charlie Leesman for the team lead.

Blake Wood picked up his team-leading 12th and 13th saves.

Injury report:

As reported by fellow Rum Bunter staffer Jason Rollison earlier this week, Nick Kingham has undergone Tommy John surgery and will likely miss the remainder of this season and part of next season.

John Holdzkom remains on the Disabled List with right shoulder fatigue.

Also on Wednesday, the Pirates’ Organization allowed third baseman Deibinson Romero to be released from his contract. Prior to his release, Deibinson had been hitting .302/.403/.548 and had an impressive .950 OPS while at Indianapolis. He also led the team with six home runs.

Interesting Matchup:

Many fans were excited to see the Detroit Tigers’ starting pitcher Justin Verlander make a rehab start on Sunday at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

A look at next week:

The Indians begin the week at home with a three-game series with the 25-25 Buffalo Bisons from the International League North Division. Then, the team heads to Allentown, PA for a four-game weekend series against the 20-32 Lehigh Valley IronPigs, also from the North Division.

Next, we step down to Double-A Altoona.

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