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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Highlights: Homers From Tony Sanchez and Gift Ngoepe, Jaff Decker’s Web Gem

Yesterday, we posted an article about the recent struggles of Tony Sanchez, who has seen his average drop to .203 through 41 games in Indianapolis. He batted .145 in the month of June, but has picked things up a little in July. Yesterday, he went 1-for-5 with two walks in a doubleheader. That one hit was a big one, a three-run homer seen below. It was the sixth homer for Sanchez in AAA and eighth on the season.

Gift Ngoepe has also slumped since starting the season off strong. He batted .189 in June and saw his strong BB/SO ratio from early in the year, plummet to 5/26 in 74 at-bats during the month-long slump. Ngoepe has hits in four of his last five games, including a triple and a home run from last night. As you can see from the video, there is some power in that bat when he gets a hold of one. The homer was his sixth of the season, three short of his career high set in Bradenton in 2012.

Finally, one highlight from someone who has already been promoted to the Majors. Jaff Decker made this highlight reel catch on Wednesday.

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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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