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Prospect Highlights: Back-to-Back-to-Back Homers in Altoona

On Wednesday afternoon, the Altoona Curve won 8-5 over New Britain and they did it behind an early power surge. Leading off the second inning, Keon Broxton hit his tenth homer of the season. Gift Ngoepe came up next and belted his eighth homer of the year. The next batter was catcher Carlos Paulino and he hit his first home run for Altoona this year. All three homers are in one highlight below.

Jose Tabata hasn’t been doing well since being demoted to Indianapolis. He has a .203/.262/.271 slash line in 16 games at AAA. On Tuesday, he had this RBI double shown below. One of the few highlights from him in the last month and as you can tell by the score of the game, one of the few from Indianapolis that game.

Finally, a rare sight. A home run from the GCL by Henrry Rosario. The Pirates as a team have nine home runs going into Thursday. Four of those homers were hit by players on rehab assignments, so you obviously aren’t seeing many homers by the regulars from the GCL and you don’t get many(any?) on video. This is a clip of a nice six pitch at-bat courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page, showing Rosario foul two pitches off before putting one over the right field fence.

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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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