Fanatical Pirate fans will be giving most of their attention around now to the draft signing deadline, which is today (August 15) at midnight. Still, the minor league season grinds on and some of the Pirates' hitting prospects have been turning it on in the late season. With the major league team chronically unable to field a major league lineup, the opportunities are certainly going to be there. This week, instead of the usual outbursts from Bradenton, it's Altoona that's seen some hitters step things up.
Matt Hague, 1B (AAA): Hague keeps knocking on the door, but it's unclear whether anybody's home. In his past ten games he's hit 415/467/707, with three doubles and three HRs. Oh, well it's not like the Pirates need any hitting . . . .
Starling Marte, CF (AA): Marte has shown he can bunch together a lot of hits in a short period of time, and this past week was a good example. Not only did he go 15-for-27 (.556), but ...
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