It’s not often that you can walk away from a game where the offense only picked up four hits and have anything positive to say but there was something of note when it comes to Saturday’s Greensboro Grasshoppers game.
Three of those four hits were picked up by the team’s starting outfield – Hudson Head, Sammy Siani, and Tres Gonzalez.
All three were singles, and Greensboro was shutout – so at the end of the day it doesn’t mean much – but it is a reminder that when it comes to position groups in the system, the Grasshoppers outfield is one of the more intriguing ones.
The group, which also includes Jase Bowen, has a wide array of tools available and are looking to put all the pieces together while in High-A.
As a group, which includes Gonzalez’s time in Bradenton, they have stolen a total of 23 bases on the season. Head and Bowen are also flashing some power, as each have picked up ten extra-base hits a piece.
The group of outfielders are all just 22-years-old, so there is still plenty of time to figure things out, and all seem like they may need some extra time to develop.
Pitching has stole the show early on this season, but this group has a chance to really make some noise from within the system this year.
— It’s a long season, and there will be a lot of ups and downs throughout it. Sometimes, it’s best to just take a step back, and reset so that you can get things back on track.
Javier Rivas has shown a lot of upside, and potential, but he seems to not be able to dig himself out the hole he has started in. He’s hit the ball hard, when he’s made contact, but after Saturday’s game, has a 43.6% strikeout rate.
He’s talented, but if there is anyone that could benefit from just taking a step away and resetting, it would be him.
— In my end of month observation article I went over how some of the depth guys have really come through. One I mentioned was Domingo Leyba, who has stepped into an open infield position that was created from Dariel Lopez being lost for the season with an injury.
The 27-year-old Leyba has not only filled in, but has settled in the middle of the Altoona lineup. He picked up another two hits on Saturday, while driving in three of the team’s four runs on the night.
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— Altoona Curve (@AltoonaCurve) May 6, 2023
Connor Scott is no stranger to making big plays in the outfield, so Saturday night was another night at the office for him.
Three hits, three RBI.
Don't look now, Cal's heating up. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/TiuhrCSLqu
— Indianapolis Indians (@indyindians) May 6, 2023
Cal Mitchell picked up three hits on the night, including this home run.
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By John Dreker
Pirates finish up their series against the Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon
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Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.
OT, but can I make a request? Can the photos that usually lead off articles showing a particular player indicate the players name underneath? It would be nice to put a face to a name, at least for folks like me who are less familiar with our milb group. TIA.
Not sure AM, but I think this is Rivas’ second year with hitting coach, Quentin Brown. Last year he led the FCL team in doubles, HR, and RBI, but was 10/43 BB/K. A recent article in the Athletic noted a very bad BP session for Rivas followed by a discussion with Brown about keeping his head steady.
Always look on the bright side of life, Murph!