Prospect Highlights: Back-to-Back-to-Back Homers in Altoona

On Wednesday afternoon, the Altoona Curve won 8-5 over New Britain and they did it behind an early power surge. Leading off the second inning, Keon Broxton hit his tenth homer of the season. Gift Ngoepe came up next and belted his eighth homer of the year. The next batter was catcher Carlos Paulino and he hit his first home run for Altoona this year. All three homers are in one highlight below.

Jose Tabata hasn’t been doing well since being demoted to Indianapolis. He has a .203/.262/.271 slash line in 16 games at AAA. On Tuesday, he had this RBI double shown below. One of the few highlights from him in the last month and as you can tell by the score of the game, one of the few from Indianapolis that game.

Finally, a rare sight. A home run from the GCL by Henrry Rosario. The Pirates as a team have nine home runs going into Thursday. Four of those homers were hit by players on rehab assignments, so you obviously aren’t seeing many homers by the regulars from the GCL and you don’t get many(any?) on video. This is a clip of a nice six pitch at-bat courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page, showing Rosario foul two pitches off before putting one over the right field fence.

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.

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