Jordan George was promoted to Altoona at the end of July, playing his final four games of the month at the new level. When looking over his numbers leading up to that in Bradenton, it’s easy to see why he was so deserving of that promotion. He only continued putting up strong results in Altoona. The combined effort made George the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month for July.
George hit for a .364/.440/.659 line with six homers in 102 plate appearances for Bradenton in July. What makes that more impressive is that he had a hit in 22 of the 23 games played during the month. He started the month with a 19 game hitting streak, which was snapped only by an 0-for-1 day at the plate where he walked twice and had a sacrifice bunt.
George picked up right where he left off after that, going 4-for-11 in his final three games in Bradenton, with two doubles, a triple, and a home run. He didn’t stop there, going 6-for-14 with two doubles and a home run in his first four games with Altoona.
In total, George hit for a .373/.448/.676 line with seven homers in 118 plate appearances between Bradenton and Altoona, getting a hit in 26 of his 27 games played, and reaching base safely in all 27 games.
From a prospect standpoint, the production from George in Bradenton does come with the disclaimer that he just turned 25 this past month. He was drafted in the 35th round as a college senior in 2015, and spent the 2016 season between Morgantown and West Virginia. The jump to Altoona will give a better indication of his skills at the plate. A strong final month could give him a shot at Indianapolis next year, at which point his age would be less of a factor. If he continues his hot start in Altoona, that type of move next year could very well be possible.
PLAYERS OF THE MONTH BY LEVEL
Indianapolis – Jordan Luplow, OF (.324/.395/.563, 81 PA, 5 HR)
Altoona – Pablo Reyes, 2B (.304/.379/.543, 104 PA, 5 HR)
Bradenton – Jordan George, OF (.364/.440/.659, 102 PA, 6 HR)
West Virginia – Clark Eagan, OF (.318/.362/.518, 94 PA, 3 HR)
Morgantown – Bligh Madris, OF (.314/.406/.523, 103 PA, 3 HR)
Bristol – Edison Lantigua, OF (.338/.466/.479, 88 PA, 1 HR)
GCL Pirates – Mason Martin, 1B (.413/.542/.978, 60 PA, 7 HR)