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Pirates Prospect Watch: Jack Brannigan Homers Twice

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Jack Brannigan homered twice for Greensboro on Tuesday night, extending his season total to 13 homers.

Brannigan hit a solo shot in the first inning with two outs, putting Greensboro on the board in a wild game. After the Grasshoppers allowed five runs in the second, the offense managed a six run bottom half of the inning. That was capped off by a three run homer from Brannigan, giving Greensboro a 7-5 lead. The Grasshoppers ended up losing 11-9.

Brannigan was drafted in the third round in 2022, and is in his second season at the High-A level. He was promoted to Greensboro mid-season last year, and hit .299/.382/.605 with 12 homers in 147 at-bats.

This year, Brannigan’s power has been down, compared to his first run through the level. He’s hitting .216/.339/.432 with 13 homers in 236 at-bats. He’s done well to reduce his strikeout rate from 33.5% last year to 25.1% this year, but that’s also come with a reduction in his average and power totals.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

INDIANAPOLIS was postponed.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

ALTOONA won 4-0

  • SS Tsung-Che Cheng: 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
  • 3B Charles McAdoo: 2-for-3, BB, SB
  • RHP Bubba Chandler: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Ryan Borucki: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP David Bednar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Bubba Chandler pitched two perfect innings in a shortened outing. Chandler will throw in the Future’s Game this weekend, and got a bit of a break in this start, after some impressive pitching over the last six weeks. Ryan Borucki made a rehab appearance, going more than one inning for the first time since his return. David Bednar followed with an inning of work to start his rehab assignment. Tsung-Che Cheng hit his ninth homer of the year, extending the Altoona lead to 4-0. They got on the board in the third inning on a Charles McAdoo RBI single.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

GREENSBORO lost 11-9, despite the two homers from Jack Brannigan

  • SS Termarr Johnson: 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI
  • 1B Nick Cimillo: 2-for-4, 2B, BB
  • CF P.J. Hilson: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
  • RF Billy McKinney: 0-for-2, 2 BB
  • RHP Valentin Linarez: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Termarr Johnson picked up a double, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Johnson is batting .405/.500/.595 during the streak, with two homers in 51 plate appearances. Billy McKinney started his rehab work, after being out from Indianapolis since May 11th.

SINGLE-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

BRADENTON won 6-3

  • RHP Carlson Reed: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
  • RF Esmerlyn Valdez: 2-for-3, HR, BB
  • C Omar Alfonzo: 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI
  • 1B Eddy Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 2 2B
  • DH Axiel Plaz: 3-for-4, 2B

Carlson Reed allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in six innings, giving up two solo homers. Reed had a rough outing his last time out, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings, on a day where he didn’t have his best control. This was a good bounce-back, returning to the full starter workload that he’s built up to this year. Esmerlyn Valdez hit his tenth homer of the year. Omar Alfonzo hit his fifth homer of the year.

STATCAST HEROES

The home run from Esmerlyn Valdez traveled 395 feet at 109.4 MPH. The homer from Omar Alfonzo traveled 363 feet at 108.6 MPH. Both of the doubles from Eddy Rodriguez were around 103 MPH. Carlson Reed picked up nine whiffs on 14 swings against his slider, with three more whiffs on eight swings against the changeup.

ROOKIE: FCL PIRATES

FCL PIRATES lost 3-2

  • SS Yerry De Los Santos: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI
  • 3B Garret Forrester: 1-for-3
  • 2B-3B Carlos Caro: 1-for-3, 2B
  • RF Estuar Suero: 1-for-3, RBI
  • DH Jhonny Severino: 1-for-3

Garret Forrester continued his rehab work, but isn’t yet up to the point of playing a complete game. Yerry De Los Santos hit his eighth double of the year in a two hit game. He’s batting .348 with a .956 OPS in his age 19 season.

ROOKIE: DSL PIRATES BLACK

DSL PIRATES BLACK were suspended, up 4-0 in the fifth inning.

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

  • Triple-A: Indianapolis, 1:35 PM – RHP Jake Woodford (1-4, 4.37)
  • Double-A: Altoona, 6:00 PM – RHP Thomas Harrington (1-2, 2.72)
  • High-A: Greensboro, 12:00 PM – LHP Dominic Perachi (5-1, 1.74)
  • Single-A: Bradenton, 11:00 AM – RHP Aaron Shortridge (0-1, 4.26)
  • The rookie leagues are off.
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Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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