Feb 21, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Alen Hanson (63) poses for a photo at Pirate City. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to our weekly trip around the Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League system. This is where we give you a look at how each Pirates’ affiliate did during the previous week along with division standings. We give you updates about players who have stood out during the previous week, take a look at the injury report, and give you a look at the week ahead.
We will start our weekly recap with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.
Triple-A Indianapolis Indians
The Indianapolis Indians went 5-2 over the last week. This included taking two of three from the visiting Buffalo Bisons. After that series, they hit the road and took three of four from Lehigh Valley.
International League Western Division standings:
Indianapolis Indians – 35-23
Louisville Bats – 30-27
Columbus Clippers – 28-28
Toledo Mud Hens – 25-31
Players that stood out:
Alen Hanson, the International League Player of the Month for May, keeps finding ways to help the team win. This past week he managed five hits and four RBIs. He also homered in Sunday’s win.
Adrian Sampson continues to be impressive on the mound. He has just been named International League Pitcher of the Week for June 1st to 7th. He picked up two wins while striking out 14 and lowering his ERA to 2.69. He now leads the team with six wins.
Blake Wood picked up his team-leading 14th and 15th saves.
Gorkys Hernandez kept his average at .279 while collecting four hits, three RBIs, and a stolen base in 13 at-bats.
Jaff Decker had 23 at-bats over the past week. His bat is heating up as he collected nine hits including a solo home run on Sunday. He had four RBIs, including two RBIs in the first inning of Saturday’s 4-0 win. He is carrying a five-game hitting streak heading into Monday’s game.
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Steve Lombardozzi saw a five-game hitting streak come to an end. However, he managed to scatter nine hits in 26 at-bats. His average is now at .327.
Elias Diaz went five for 16 and saw his average climb to .278.
Pedro Florimon collected his first home run of the season on Wednesday. He is now batting .231.
Tony Sanchez went two for 14 with four walks. He struck out four times and his average slipped to .239.
Keon Broxton saw his average sink to .147 and struck out seven times while only getting two hits in 22 at-bats.
Casey Sadler picked up his sixth win of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.15.
Clayton Richard went seven and 2/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday’s win over Buffalo.
Chris Volstad pitched seven scoreless innings while striking out seven in Saturday’s win over Lehigh Valley.
John Holdzkom remains on the Disabled List with right shoulder fatigue but is getting closer to returning.
A look at next week:
The Indians begin the week at Rochester for a three-game showdown with the North Division-leading Rochester Red Wings. The Red Wings sit at 31-24. Then, the team heads home to start a seven-game home stand, which starts with a four-game weekend series against the 27-28 Gwinnett Braves from the South Division.
Next, we step down to Double-A Altoona.
Next: Watch Out For the Curve