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Prospect Highlights: Homers From Tony Sanchez and Gift Ngoepe, Jaff Decker’s Web Gem

Yesterday, we posted an article about the recent struggles of Tony Sanchez, who has seen his average drop to .203 through 41 games in Indianapolis. He batted .145 in the month of June, but has picked things up a little in July. Yesterday, he went 1-for-5 with two walks in a doubleheader. That one hit was a big one, a three-run homer seen below. It was the sixth homer for Sanchez in AAA and eighth on the season.

Gift Ngoepe has also slumped since starting the season off strong. He batted .189 in June and saw his strong BB/SO ratio from early in the year, plummet to 5/26 in 74 at-bats during the month-long slump. Ngoepe has hits in four of his last five games, including a triple and a home run from last night. As you can see from the video, there is some power in that bat when he gets a hold of one. The homer was his sixth of the season, three short of his career high set in Bradenton in 2012.

Finally, one highlight from someone who has already been promoted to the Majors. Jaff Decker made this highlight reel catch on Wednesday.

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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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