Top Ten Hitters and Pitchers for Week Six of the Minor League Season

With the minor league season having Mondays off every day this week, 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.

Top Hitters

  1. Oneil Cruz, Altoona – After putting up the sixth highest OPS in week five, Cruz was the top hitter in week six, batting .400/.478/.900 with three homers in 23 plate appearances.
  2. Lolo Sanchez, Greensboro – He hit .368/.455/.789 in 22 PAs, with two doubles, two homers and two stolen bases. He was also the second best hitter in our week four article.
  3. Cole Tucker, Indianapolis – Tucker hit his first two homers of the season last week and he walked five times, helping him to a .294/.455/.706 slash line in 22 PAs.
  4. Hudson Head, Bradenton – Head batted .286/.500/.643 in 20 PAs, with two doubles, a homer and six walks. I don’t know how often it happens, but the top four hitters here are from four different teams.
  5. Sammy Siani, Bradenton – Another young outfielder from Bradenton gets a top spot. Siani hit .300/.423/.700 in 26 PAs. He has a .782 OPS in 30 games this year.
  6. Matt Fraizer, Greensboro – I noted that Cruz went from sixth place to first place in the last week. Fraizer did the opposite, going from the top spot in week five to sixth best this week. He batted .417/.462/.583 in 26 PAs, leading the system with ten hits.
  7. Rodolfo Castro, Altoona –  He hit .364/.348/.682 in 23 PAs, with one double and two homers. The lower OBP comes from him having no walks and one sacrifice fly. He was the third best hitter in last week’s article.
  8. Fabricio Macias, Greensboro – He hit .364/.391/.545 in 23 PAs. He had four doubles, twice as many as the second best output from Pirates hitters last week. Macias was the ninth best hitter in last week’s article.
  9. Jared Triolo, Greensboro – He batted .318/.423/.500 in 26 PAs, with seven hits, four walks and ten strikeouts. He has a .717 OPS in 32 games this year.
  10. Jase Bowen, Bradenton – He was the top hitter in week four, but didn’t make the top ten last week. Bowen hit .308/.524/.385 in 21 PAs in week six, which included five hit-by-pitches.
  1. Santiago Florez, Bradenton – He was the top pitcher in last week’s article and the top pitcher today. He was one of two pitchers to throw five no-hit innings in week four, basically putting him in the top spot for each of the last three weeks. Florez tossed seven shutout innings on five hits, no walks and eight strikeouts in week six.
  2. Jeffrey Passantino, Altoona – He doesn’t get much attention being an older minor league Rule 5 pick, but he’s been doing well lately. He made it here last week for one earned run in 5.1 innings, and this week’s article has him with the second best performance, throwing six shutout innings on four hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
  3. Bear Bellomy, Greensboro – In two relief appearances, he tossed 5.1 shutout innings on two hits, no walks and five strikeouts.
  4. Max Kranick, Indianapolis – His best Triple-A start included five shutout innings on one hit, three walks and nine strikeouts.
  5. Will Kobos, Greensboro – He made two relief appearances, allowing an unearned run on one hit, no walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.
  6.  Quinn Priester, Greensboro – He didn’t dominate, but Priester also didn’t allow an earned run in his 4.2 innings. He gave up two unearned runs on six hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. He last made it here in week four when he threw his second of back-to-back five shutout innings. He has a 3.86 ERA in 25.2 innings.
  7. Logan Hofmann, Bradenton – He was dominant in his extended relief outing, throwing four shutout innings on one hit, one walk and nine strikeouts. He made it into week five’s article with four no-hit innings.
  8. John O’Reilly, Altoona – His second straight appearance here, in two relief outings he allowed two hits over four shutout innings, with no walks and one strikeout.
  9.  Beau Sulser, Indianapolis – He tossed five innings in his start, giving up one run on three hits, two walks and six strikeouts.
  10. Michael Burrows, Greensboro – He’s been strong all year and continued in his last start, with one run on two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings. He has a 1.75 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 25.2 innings this season.
  11. Carmen Mlodzinski, Greensboro – Had to go to 11 spots because the last three had the same ERA. Mlodzinski had the fourth best week in week five and he had the top spot in week four. He dropped down because of one run over five innings, which still kept his season ERA under 1.00.