With the full-season minor league teams having every Monday off this year, we get to do weekly recaps based on the action from Tuesday to Sunday each week. Below you’ll find a list of the top hitters and pitchers for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last week. The batters are sorted by OPS and they each had at least 20 plate appearances last week. The pitchers are sorted by ERA and they pitched at least four innings.
- Liover Peguero, Greensboro – Peguero won his league’s Player of the Week honors with a .423/.464/1.038 slash line in 28 plate appearances, with five homers and 12 RBIs. It was a strong finish to July, which kept the month from being a very poor one. Even with the strong stats last week, he still .236 with a .705 OPS for the month. On the year he is hitting .266/.328/.465 in 58 games, with 11 homers and 17 steals in 20 attempts. He’s been much better at home, with a .929 OPS in Greensboro, compared to .650 on the road.
- Matt Gorski, Greensboro – In 21 PAs, he hit .353/.476/.961 with three homers. He has a .710 OPS on the year, though he did a lot better in both May and July. Gorski had a .550 OPS in June. He has 13 homers and 13 steals this year.
- Ji-Hwan Bae, Altoona – Bae played center field on Sunday, his first game in the outfield. He also hit three homers last week, one more than he hit during the rest of his three-year career. For the week, he batted .261/.346/.783 in 26 PAs.
- Dariel Lopez, Bradenton – The Marauders top hitter batted .429/.500/.619 in 24 PAs last week. He’s hitting .252/.340/.380 this season while making the jump from the DSL in 2019.
- Nick Gonzales, Greensboro – He hit .409/.458/.636 last week in 24 PAs. Gonzales had a rough July until this strong finish, which helped him to a .724 OPS for the month. He has a crazy home/road split, putting up a .981 OPS at home and a .586 mark on the road.
- Matt Fraizer, Greensboro – He’s the first of three repeats from last week’s top hitters. He hit .333/.448/.625 in 29 PAs, adding to his already impressive season. He has a .986 OPS with 20 homers and 14 steals this year.
- Cole Tucker, Indianapolis – The top hitter for the week in Indianapolis, he hit .368/.455/.579 in 22 PAs. He has been better each month this year, finishing with a .818 OPS in July.
- Anthony Alford, Indianapolis – The second repeat from last week here, when he finished with the fifth best OPS in the system. He hit .286/.318/.714 in 22 PAs this past week. In 52 games with Indianapolis, he has a .979 OPS, so he’s likely to get another shot at some point this year with the Pirates.
- Christian Benthancourt, Indianapolis – He finished sixth in last week’s article. He hit .280/.280/.680 in 25 PAs, with four doubles and two homers this past week. He has a .791 OPS in 63 games with Indianapolis.
- Jack Herman, Bradenton – He only batted .200 last week, but three of his hits were homers. He had a .954 OPS in 23 PAs. He has a .791 OPS in 17 games with Bradenton.
- Grant Ford, Greensboro – He had the best start last week, going six shutout innings on three hits, no walks and nine strikeouts. It was the first time that he went six innings as a pro. A few rough relief outings have led to a 4.35 ERA in 49.2 innings this year. He has 62 strikeouts.
- Colin Selby, Greensboro – Selby was the Pitcher of the Month in the Pirates system with one run on three hits in 19.1 innings. He added to those numbers last week with his five shutout innings on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts. He got off to a slow start this year, but he also started the season just 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery, so he was basically still in rehab mode.
- Luis Ortiz, Bradenton – Ortiz allowed one unearned run in five innings, while setting a personal high with nine strikeouts. He has a 3.04 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 53.1 innings, with 64 strikeouts this season.
- Bladimir Dotel, FCL Pirates – He tossed four shutout frames on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. He has a 1.29 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 14 innings.
- Enmanuel Mejia, Bradenton – The only reason Mejia isn’t here every week is because he usually doesn’t reach four innings in relief. He debuted in the DSL in 2019 and gave up three runs in his final game. In his other 37 games in pro ball, he has allowed one earned run in 45 innings. He has a 0.00 ERA this year.
- Quinn Priester, Greensboro – Priester made last week’s article with one earned run over six innings. This past week he did even better, with one run on one hit in seven innings. In his last 11 starts, he has a 2.45 ERA.
- Jared Jones, Bradenton – His Sunday start was a strong one, with one run over six innings on six hits, one walk and eight strikeouts. He now has 63 strikeouts in 41 innings this season.
- Dillon Peters, Indianapolis – He gave up one run over three innings on Sunday in his first start since joining the Pirates. Earlier in the week he tossed two shutout innings in relief. He has pitched parts of four seasons in the majors, but has yet to appear there this year.
- Carlos Jimenez, FCL Pirates – In his start last week, Jimenez allowed one run on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts in five innings. He also had an outing with five no-hit innings this year, but he gave up ten runs over 6.2 innings in his other three games.
- Four-way tie with a 2.25 ERA. Steven Brault’s rehab start saw him allow one run in four innings. Luis Peralta (FCL) and Blake Weiman (Indianapolis) each allowed just one hit in their outings. Valentin Linarez (FCL) struck out five batters in his four innings.
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