Games of April 24:
Gregory Polanco (Pirates AAA): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB. Polanco has already appeared here once, and it won't be the last time he appears here twice in the same week. He's bashing Triple-A right now.
Tony Sanchez (Pirates AAA): 2-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB. Sanchez could be on a major league bench right now, and would probably start on second-division teams. His hitting has come a long way.
Thursday, April 24 - Augusta 6, Asheville 5
I have to remind myself sometimes that Mella is 20 years old. Manager Mike Goff calmed me down some after the game by reminding me Mella didn't put some hitters away 0-2 like he should, and he messed around when ahead in the count at times by using a throw-away pitch instead of challenging batters.
Thursday, April 24 - 7 p.m.
Asheville Tourists (9-10)
RHP Antonio Senzatela (2014 A: 16.2 IP, 3.24 ERA, 5.17 FIP, 11.1 K%, 8.3 BB%, .268 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (11-9)
RHP Keury Mella (2014 A: 16.2 IP, 2.16 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 22.4 K%, 7.5 BB%, .283 BABIP)
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.