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Prospect Highlights: Willy Garcia Triple, Long Homer From Chris McGuiness

On Tuesday night, Willy Garcia collected his fourth triple of the season. While he is hitting just .220 with 45 strikeouts in 132 at-bats, Garcia has seven doubles, four triples and five homers, so he is getting his share of extra-base hits. This triple was the lone Altoona highlight on offense in their 1-0 loss to Akron. Adrian Sampson took the tough loss, but pitched great, allowing one run over seven innings, with a career-high eight strikeouts. Prior to this start, we posted an article on Sampson and how he is searching for consistency this season. He seemed to find it yesterday, as his strong season continues.

The only other highlight is from Monday’s Indianapolis game, when Chris McGuiness launched his third home run of the season. McGuiness has had a relatively quiet season, although he was doing much better in April than he is in May. He has 11 doubles and 22 walks, both good numbers, but his .234 average and three homers from a first baseman are obviously not up to par. He has six hits and two walks in his last four games, so it’s possible he is starting to put things together.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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