A couple pitchers took steps toward coming out of season-long struggles, and quite a few of the hitters at Bradenton broke out the whuppin' sticks. Of course, it all paled in importance to Pedro Alvarez lighting up International League pitching.
Gorkys Hernandez, CF (AAA): After slumping a bit, Hernandez turned in a blistering week, going 13-for-25 (.520) with two doubles and a triple. Hernandez hasn't had what you could call a breakout year, but he's bounced back convincingly from some struggles in AA. He's now at 299/350/414 for the year. As a premium defensive player, he could help the Pirates as soon as . . . well, now if Alex Presley's thumb problem doesn't clear up.
Rudy Owens, LHP (AAA): Owens showed signs of f...
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