The Pittsburgh Pirates are promoting 19-year-old Jack Herman to the Low-A Greensboro Grasshoppers. Herman was the hitting star last year in the Gulf Coast League after being drafted out of high school in the 30th round in June. He put up a .340/.435/.489 slash line in 37 games.
In a recent article, we talked to Herman about his time at Extended Spring Training this year. He was dealing with a hamstring injury, so he missed some time over the last two months. The Pirates gave him some areas to work on this past winter, including adding power to his game and adding quickness and agility to help him play center field. We got a recent report (days after the article) that he hit a 430 foot home run, as well as Herman telling us in the article that he had two homers and some long doubles since returning from the injury.
Herman will be replacing Brett Kinneman, who will head down to Extended Spring Training for regular playing time. Kinneman was hitting .160/.246/.308 in 44 games for Greensboro, with 63 strikeouts.
We had a couple questions about Lolo Sanchez not playing the last three days. He tweaked his ankle, but should be in tomorrow’s lineup. Greensboro has off today.
Joe Jacques has been promoted to Bradenton to help fill in for the three pitchers they moved up to Altoona over the weekend. The 24-year-old Jacques had a 2.96 ERA in 24.1 innings, with 20 strikeouts, a .176 BAA and a 1.23 WHIP.
Shortstop Connor Kaiser also arrived in Greensboro today, so it appears that he will be returning to action as well. He has been on the injured list since May 1st with a left oblique strain.
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