Walker, Ford Shine, But Brazelton Gets Beaten Up

Those of you who are fans of the Pirates’ organization as a whole might be interested in making use of FirstInning.com. There, the previous day’s results are sorted such that you can see what every affiliate did, who played, and who stood out from the crowd.
First Inning also makes several funky stats available, so if you have a math degree from Harvard (or you’re a sabermetrics nut), you’ll be able to put together solid scouting reports on Pittsburgh’s developing prospects.
Anyway, moving onward. How the Pirates’ affiliates fared on Monday:

  • Indianapolis defeated Durham, 7-4. Michael Tejera threw seven innings of two-run ball, and Jesse Chavez added a scoreless frame of relief. Jonah Bayliss wasn’t as effective, giving up three hits and two runs in the ninth. Most distressing in my eyes is the Indians’ starting lineup. Only Brian Bixler can be considered a prospect. Brad Eldred’s time in the spotlight is likely over. Is Jose Hernandez the best Triple-A second baseman we can find?
  • Binghamton thumped Altoona, 10-2. Just as Dewon Brazelton was catching a few headlines, he gets torched to the tune of 10 hits and 8 earned runs in 4 innings. Neil Walker went 3 for 4 with a double, Steve Pearce was held hitless (breaking a streak in which he’d reached safely in 33 consecutive games), and Jason Delaney and Andrew McCutchen each had a base knock.
  • Lynchburg lost, 2-1, to Winston-Salem, but Shelby Ford continued to rake. Ford, the Hillcats’ second baseman, went 2 for 3 with a triple and a home run. Jean Garavito pitched a gem, throwing 8 innings while yielding 6 hits and 1 run. Garavito, a 22-year-old righty, has a 2.67 ERA through 91 innings this season.
  • Hickory dropped Hagerstown, 7-4, as the Crawdad bullpen pitched four scoreless innings. Jared Hughes lasted through the fifth, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. It was the first time Hughes hadn’t earned a quality start in four outings. Jared Keel went 0 for 3, while University of Pittsburgh grad James Negrych had a nice night, going 2 for 4. Negrych is hitting .294 on the season.
  • The Gulf Coast League Pirates beat the Reds, 8-0. Quincy Latimore, Pittsburgh’s fourth-round pick in June’s draft, played center field and went 2 for 5 at the dish.

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