Three big name players from the Pirates farm system had big hits in yesterday’s games. As you will see, three was the common theme for all of them. Starting with the top prospect in the system, Gregory Polanco had three hits for Indianapolis yesterday, including his third homer of the season in the seventh inning. He also picked up his third stolen base.
The 7-0 shutout from Altoona on Tuesday had some great pitching from Adrian Sampson and the bullpen. The highlights of the game though, were big nights from two hitters that have started the season slow. Alen Hanson showed off his bat and speed, then two batters later, Stetson Allie did what he does best.
Stetson Allie shows off his tremendous power by hitting an opposite field homer. It doesn’t even look like he squared the ball up good, but he was able to muscle it over the right field fence for his third home run of the season. Allie finished Tuesday night’s game with three hits.
Alen Hanson also had three hits and scored three runs on Tuesday. After two singles in his first two at-bats, Hanson triples to the left-center field gap to lead off the fourth inning. He scored one batter later on a Gift Ngoepe sacrifice fly. The triple was his third of the season.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
The 2nd and 3rd videos are both the same video of Allie’s HR.
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