After some down weeks, the system started getting some improved performances in some key areas recently. One of the most important led to Tony Sanchez getting promoted to AAA. He'll join a team that's been playing well and showing signs of being able to provide some help to the Pirates soon.
Jeff Clement, 1B (AAA): After hitting for little power through mid-May, Clement has been on a tear lately. He hit for the cycle on Saturday (which oddly led to him sitting out Sunday's game) and, over his last eight games, is 13-31 (.419) with three doubles, a triple and five HRs. On the year he's hitting 307/391/536 with much better plate discipline than in recent years (21 walks, 33 Ks). It's easy to fantasize that Clement is finally hitting now that his knee, following off-season surgery, is fully healthy. Whether the Pirates see it that way, though, is another matter.
Alex Presley, OF (AAA): Presley started slowly after his demotion, but quickly came alive. In his ...
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