Games of March 23:
Stetson Allie (Pirates AA): 3-3, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB. Pittsburgh's promotion to Double-A for Allie smells of "hit in the upper levels or else," and he's hitting so far. He misses a lot and is nothing more than a power bat, but that power has shown along with some walks in 15 games.
Rich Poythress (Marlins AA): 2-4, HR, RBI. The Greenbrier product is trying to make a name for himself in another organization, and he's hitting pretty well so far.
Wednesday, April 23 - Hagerstown 5, Augusta 3 (13 innings)
Ysla took a step forward Wednesday night, although it might not show up in the box score. He worked out of jams more effectively with a little more confidence, and he was able to reach the fifth inning before bowing out. He limited walks to one and worked around weak hits.
Wednesday, April 23 - 7 p.m.
Hagerstown Suns (13-5)
RHP Austin Voth (2014 A: 13.2 IP, 3.29 ERA, 2.82 FIP, 31.5 K%, 13 BB%, .345 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (11-8)
LHP Luis Ysla (2014 A: 9 IP, 7.00 ERA, 6.11 FIP, 17.4 K%, 23.9 BB%, .240 BABIP)
Games of April 22:
Gregory Polanco (Pirates AAA): 3-5, HR, 4 RBI. Polanco is one of the most athletic players in the minors for his size, and he has five-tool ability. He's off to a monstrous start in Triple-A, hitting .419/.456/.649 with nine extra-base hits and three stolen bases in 18 games. He should be in Pittsburgh soon.
Tuesday, April 22 - 7 p.m.
Hagerstown Suns (12-5)
RHP Lucas Giolito (2014 A: 13 IP, 2.08 ERA, 3.39 FIP, 28.9 K%, 9.6 BB%, .258 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (11-7)
RHP Chase Johnson (2014 A: 16.2 IP, 2.70 ERA, 2.28 FIP, 22.7 K%, 4.6 BB%, .292 BABIP)
Games of April 21:
Jose Ramirez (Indians AAA): 4-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI. Ramirez's greatest asset is his approach at the plate, which is an example of how easy the game comes to him. He's a great athlete and possesses plus speed, and he can spray the ball from both sides of the plate. Finding him a spot in the Indians infield might prove challenging.
Monday, April 21 - Augusta 4, Hagerstown 2
Jones has put together an impressive string of innings over his past two starts, recording 11 scoreless innings with three hits, one walk and 13 strikeouts. He threw six scoreless on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts Monday night.
Monday, April 21 - 7 p.m.
Hagerstown Suns (12-4)
Nick Pivetta (2014 A: 12.1 IP, 4.38 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 20 K%, 8 BB%, .257 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (10-7)
Christian Jones (2014 A: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)
Wednesday, April 16
Savannah 4, Augusta 1