It did not take one of the Pittsburgh Pirates best prospects to make an impression at Double-A
On Sunday news broke that the Pittsburgh Pirates intended to promote highly touted catching prospect Henry Davis to Double-A Altoona. On Monday the move became official and the first overall pick from last summer’s draft joined the Curve.
Excitement swept Altoona on Tuesday ahead of the Double-A debut of Davis. In his debut Davis showed why he is one of the most highly touted prospects in baseball, launching a 2-run home run in his debut with the Curve.
The home run by Davis came in the bottom of the 5th inning and gave the Curve a 3-1 lead. Davis also drew a walk in the 4-3 Curve victory, a victory that improved the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates to 13-15 on the season.
Leadoff man and third base Jared Triolo also had a big night for the Curve going 3-for-4. Liover Peguero was 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI, Tucupita Marcano started in left field and was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.
Luis Ortiz started for the Curve, holding the Somerset Patriots to 1 run on a hit, 4 walks and 8 strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched. Enmanuel Mejia struck out the lone batter he faced, and Duane Underwood Jr. pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab outing. J.C. Flowers pitched the final 3 innings for the Curve, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, a walk and no strikeouts.