Hill, Garcia and Munoz All Win Player of the Month Awards

Two players from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system were named the Player of the Week in their respective leagues for the week ending on August 9th. Jordan Luplow won the South Atlantic League award, while Casey Hughston took home the New York-Penn League award.

Luplow had hits in all seven games last week, including two homers. He also drew seven walks and scored 11 runs. He has a .265/.365/.459 slash line in 94 games with West Virginia and leads the Pirates’ system with 33 doubles. He has hit ten homers, scored 65 runs and drawn 52 walks.

Hughston has actually been strong over the last ten days, hitting .459 during that stretch. The third round draft pick from this year(Luplow was last year’s third round pick) started his career in a 1-for-43 slump, but has been one of the better hitters in the organization since then. He has a 1.069 OPS so far in August.

Update 7:00 pm: Carlos Munoz won the Appalachian League Player on the Month award. He hit .396/.461/.733 in 25 games, driving in 23 runs and scoring 21 runs. He had 13 doubles and seven homers in the month. Those numbers aren’t far off his season numbers, which includes a few games each from June and August. Going into play on Monday, he’s hitting .377/.467/.675 in 40 total games.

Yeudy Garcia was named the Pitcher of the Month for the South Atlantic League. He won all six games he pitched(one in relief) and had an 0.90 ERA in 30 innings. Going into Monday’s start, his 2.31 ERA was the second best in the SAL, just three points off the leader. He also has a 1.10 WHIP, which is good for second in the league.

Logan Hill won the NYPL Player of the Month award. He hit .330/.450/.560 in 26 games, with 11 extra-base hits, 23 RBIs and 19 runs scored. He’s hitting .331/.429/.534 through 43 games. Hill was drafted in the 25th round this year.

  • I’m relatively new to following prospects and am trying to temper expectations but boy its hard not to be impressed by what Munoz has done with the bat.

  • What do we think of Logan Hill as a prospect? He and Ty Moore have both had great starts to their professional careers…Hill in particular. As a 25th round pick you really have to be pleased with the results thus far.

    And Munoz has been incredible this year.

    • You have to like the results, but as a 25th round pick, there is always room for skepticism until he proves it at a higher level. There wasn’t a bonus demand involved so he legitimately fell that far, which is usually a more telling sign from a 22-year-old than 43 games in pro ball. If anything, he just guarantees that he is someone to watch.

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD
      August 10, 2015 9:27 pm

      I think all three of those guys, along with Suchy and Suiter, are worth watching over the next year or two.

      No one considered Dan Gamache much of a prospect, and all he has done is hit, play a lot of different positions, and is now in AAA. Now, will the Pirates actually give a guy like Gamache a real chance to get to Pittsburgh?

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    August 10, 2015 3:08 pm

    To come back from 1 for 43 in your first professional baseball season, and get your average back up to the area of .240, says a lot about Hughston. A lot of kids may have just folded up after a start like that. If he continues hitting like he has been, he could actually end up with a decent first season.

    Luplow has been on fire of late….anyone seen him play third in person? How does he look in regards to glove and arm? Is he likely to stick there?

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