Mel Rojas has improved his walk rate, and is starting to show his power potential in games.

Prospect Highlights: First AAA Homer For Rojas, Double From Stetson Allie

On Monday night, Mel Rojas Jr. hit his first home run since being promoted to Indianapolis. He has been hitting well since his promotion, batting an even .300 through 28 games, with an .811 OPS. On the season, Rojas is hitting .302/.382/.439 in 285 at-bats, with six homers and seven stolen bases.

Two Altoona highlights from the past few days. The first is an RBI double from Stetson Allie, his 11th double of the season. He also has 12 homers. Allie is batting just .224 this year, with 72 strikeouts in 62 games. He does however have a .785 OPS, thanks to the power numbers and 35 walks. He will need to cut down on the strikeouts to succeed at the higher levels, but the combination of walks and plus power give him a chance to develop into a valuable first baseman. It’s important to remember that two years ago at this time, he was learning third base in the GCL and getting his first pro at-bats, so it that regard, he has really progressed nicely. His second half will be interesting to watch, especially if he does good, because he will need to be added to the 40-man roster or the Pirates will risk losing him in the Rule V draft this off-season.

Elias Diaz adds an RBI double of his own from Saturday night. He is putting up great numbers for someone who was once considered a defense-first catcher. Diaz is hitting .313 with 11 doubles and five homers, leading to a .792 OPS. He has five hits in his last two games, including a solo homer last night.

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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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