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 finally adjusting to AAA with two outstanding outings during the week. On Tuesday, he allowed just two runs on four hits over seven innings. On Sunday, he threw seven shutout innings, allowing just t...
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