Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Henry Davis and Endy Rodriguez Both Hit Home Runs & More
By Marty Leap
Henry Davis continues to dominate in loss for the Curve
While the Double-A Altoona Curve lost to the Bowie Baysox 4-3 on Tuesday night to fall to 15-17 on the season, it was not all bad for the Curve. Their best player, who should be in the majors, continued to impress and dominant in the loss.
Catcher Henry Davis, the no. 48 overall prospect in MLB Pipeline's latest top 100, was 1-for-3 with a walk for the Curve. His hit was a 3-run home run, his 9th of the season, raising is OPS to 1.124, which is the best in all of Double-A baseball. Davis also threw out an attempted base stealer.
At this point there is zero reason for Davis to remain in the minors. None. Nada. Zilch. His next at-bat should not be anywhere other than in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has nothing left to prove in Altoona and the Pirate offense is in dire need of the type of boost the former no. 1 overall pick in the draft could provide.
Liover Peguero started at second base and bat leadoff for the Curve. Peguero went 3-for-4 with a run scored. All three of his hits were doubles, giving him 10 on the season. Matt Fraizer, Jacob Gonzalez, and Drew Maggi all had a hit as well.
In his secon start since coming off the injured list, talented righty Jared Jones started for Altoona and pitched well. In 4 innings pitched, Jones allowed run on two hits, a walk, and seven strikeouts. Jones owns a 2.70 ERA and a 7:22 BB:K ratio in 20 innings pitched this season.
Matt Eckelman followed Jones and struggled. Eckelman allowed 2 runs on three hits, three walks, and a home run in 1.2 innings pitched. Tahnaj Thomas walked a batter and struck a batter out in 1.1 scoreless innings of work. Oliver Garcia struck out three in a scoreless 8th inning. Veteran righty Juan Minaya then allowed a run on a hit and a walk in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Curve were walked off by the Baysox.