Pittsburgh Pirates: Minor League Roundup April 16th
It was Easter Sunday, with a lot of families getting together and enjoying the day they may have missed some of the minor league action. Two of the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates were in action on Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A affiliate was in action on Easter Sunday. They fell to 3-8 on the year as they dropped a game to the Toledo Mudhens. The Indians lost by a score of 9-5. Pittsburgh Pirates lefty starter Steven Brault got the start and threw 6 innings and gave up 3 earned runs. He was then followed by Cody Dickson and Pat Light, both who were tagged for 3 earned runs each. Top Pittsburgh Pirates relief prospect Edgar Santana threw a scoreless 9th. Santana’s ERA is now at 1.35 on the season. The top offensive performance came from Jose Osuna and Jason Rogers.
The top offensive performance came from Jose Osuna and Jason Rogers. Osuna started in right field and went 3-4 in the game. Out of his three hits, Osuna had two doubles, a RBI, and a run scored. Jason Rogers was 2-3 for the game. Rogers hit a two-run home run in the eighth innings off of former big league reliever Edward Mujica. In addition to the run scored on the home run, Rogers also scored another in the game. Austin Meadows went 1-5 in the game with a RBI. Meadows is starting to come around. His average is only at .162 as of now, but it has climbed nearly 100 points in the last 3 games. Hopefully, the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect is starting to adjust to Triple-A.
The West Virginia Power offense broke out in a big a way for the first time all season. The Pittsburgh Pirates Low-A affiliate has a lot of pitching and defensive talent, but not so much on offense. Nevertheless, the Power posted a 13 run game yesterday, defeating Lexington by a score of 13-4. Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 tenth round pick Matt Anderson got the start. The Moorehead State product went five innings and gave up four earned runs on 8 hits and 4 walks. The righty only punched out two hitters. Still, Anderson got the win on Sunday. Eduardo Vera was the only other pitcher to throw in the game. Vera threw the final four innings of the game and faired much better than Anderson, as he only yielded one earned run. In his four innings he held Lexington to two hits and no walks, he also struck out five hitters.
The Power racked up 18 total hits on the day. Every batter in the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate had at least one hit, including six players collecting multi-hit games. Carlos Munoz was one of the players to only get one hit, but his hit was a big one. Munoz hit a grand slam in the 6th inning. Clark Eagan, a 2016 draft pick, went 2-4 with his first homerun of the year. It was a two-run shot in the 4th inning.
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 third round draft pick Stephen Alemais was 1-5 in the game. Alemais had a RBI double and also scored a run. Outfielder Ty Moore continued his hot start collecting two hits in six at-bats, giving him an average of .393 on in the early going. Another 2016 draft pick Kevin Mahala had the best day of any of the hitters. The middle infielder went 4-5 with a double and 2 RBIs. The Power’s record is now 4-7 on the year.
*Also, All stats are courtesy of Baseball Reference and milb.com