Pittsburgh Pirates: Hartlieb, Craig, Reynolds

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Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates had three of their prospects get into game action out in the Arizona Fall League.  Here is how they performed.

The Arizona Fall League is now over a week into play and the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to see their prospects get good experience.  Yesterday, the Surprise Saguaros took on the Peoria Javelinas.  The game was spotlighted for the reason that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Surprise) was playing Keston Hiura (Peoria), the two top prospects in terms of their hit tool in the Arizona Fall League.  With that, Peoria defeated Surprise by a score of 7-2.  The Javelinas belted out 10 hits just one day after having 16 hits.  Meanwhile, the Saguaros only posted five hits.

While the Surprise Saguaros only had five hits, the Pittsburgh Pirates in the lineup had a solid game. Batting fourth in the lineup and playing in left field was Bryan Reynolds.  Reynolds did not record a hit yesterday, going 0-1.  However, he did walk twice in the game and gained an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

Meanwhile, batting after Reynolds was Will Craig.  In addition to batting fifth, the Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 first round pick started at first base.  Craig posted four at-bats and did put up one of the Saguaros five hits.  Craig’s lone base hit came in the bottom of the fourth with a line drive single into left field.  He popped out and struck out twice in his other at-bats.

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The only pitching prospect for the Pittsburgh Pirates that appeared in the game was reliever Geoff Hartlieb.  Hartlieb came into the game to start the fourth inning.  He ended up having to pitch two innings.  Across those two innings, he only allowed one hit and one base on balls. Meanwhile, Hartlieb struck out four batters and did not allow a run to the high powered Peoria lineup.  Hartlieb now has a 4.15 earned run average on the season.