Koch completes hat trick for Grasshoppers

Pirates catching prospect turns three full counts into solo shots

Grant Koch had not homered since hitting a solo shot on July 16 against Hagerstown. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss | August 30, 2019 10:55 PM ET

Pirates catching prospect Grant Koch hit three solo homers -- all on full counts -- to power Class A Greensboro to an 11-1 thumping of West Virginia on Friday night.

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Bucs' Hayes headlines Players of the Week

No. 37 overall prospect takes home IL honor after going 12-for-23

Ke'Bryan Hayes is hitting .288 over 40 games since the Triple-A All-Star break. (Austin Friedline/Indianapolis Indians)

By Sam Dykstra | August 26, 2019 3:07 PM ET

Pirates No. 2 prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes went 12-for-23 (.522) over six games for Triple-A Indianapolis to lead the group of Minor League Offensive Players of the Week for Aug. 19-25.

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Tribe's Hayes posts another four-hit game

Pirates No. 2 prospect raises August batting average to .306

Ke'Bryan Hayes has seven four-hit games since being taken in the first round of the 2015 Draft. (Lance Carter/MiLB.com)

By Andrew Battifarano | August 23, 2019 10:52 PM ET

Second-ranked Pirates prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes recorded his second four-hit game of the month to help Triple-A Indianapolis to a 5-2 victory over Louisville on Friday night.

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Grasshoppers' Bae steams through August

Eighth-ranked Pirates prospect collects four hits and five RBIs

Ji-Hwan Bae has posted a .366/.465/.451 slash line through 20 games in August. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun | August 22, 2019 11:09 PM ET

Pittsburgh Pirates No. 8 prospect Ji-Hwan Bae posted his first four-hit game since late May and drove in a career-high five runs as Class A Greensboro thumped Delmarva, 11-3.

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IL notes: Tucker trying to shed label

Known for glove work, Bucs infielder trying to get swing down

Cole Tucker posted back-to-back two-hit games before the Pirates recalled him from Indianapolis. (Adam Pintar/Indianapolis Indians)

By Bob Sutton | August 19, 2019 10:48 AM ET

Recently called from Triple-A Indianapolis by the Pirates, Cole Tucker has been working to be known as more than just a slick-fielding infielder.

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Marauders' Swaggerty goes deep twice

Pirates No. 4 prospect records first career multi-homer game

Travis Swaggerty has bumped his average to .267, the highest it's been since sitting at .272 on May 4. (Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons)

By Joe Bloss | August 17, 2019 9:18 PM ET

Fourth-ranked Pirates prospect Travis Swaggerty recorded his first career multi-homer game to power Class A Advanced Bradenton to a 3-2 win over Lakeland on Saturday night.

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Dinicola, Haug duel in epic anthem standoff

Marlins first baseman endures in showdown vs. Pirates catcher

West Virginia's Ryan Haug and Batavia's Harrison Dinicola stood still for the entirety of their game and then some. (Batavia Muckdogs)

By Tyler Maun | August 15, 2019 2:43 AM ET

Batavia Muckdogs first baseman Harrison Dinicola outlasted West Virginia Black Bears catcher Ryan Haug in a national anthem standoff that outlasted the game Wednesday night.

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Triolo claws out five hits for Black Bears

Pirates No. 27 prospect plates three on perfect night at dish

Jared Triolo is tied for third in the New York-Penn League with 15 doubles through 43 games. (Gordon Donovan/MiLB.com)

By Rob Terranova | August 14, 2019 11:28 PM ET

Pittsburgh Pirates No. 27 prospect Jared Triolo had a perfect night at the plate, but Class A Short Season West Virginia was outslugged by Batavia, 11-5, on Wednesday.

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Cruz notches first four-hit effort with Curve

No. 62 overall prospect triples again, scores twice, plates run

Oneil Cruz is 6-for-9 in his last two games to raise his Eastern League batting average 80 points to .294. (Altoona Curve)

By Rob Terranova | August 13, 2019 10:47 PM ET

Pirates No. 3 prospect Oneil Cruz turned in his first four-hit game of the season with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI, but Double-A Altoona was outslugged by Harrisburg, 13-10, on Tuesday.

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Indy's Hayes tallies season-high four hits

No. 2 Pirates prospect matches hit total from last seven games

Ke'Bryan Hayes' .753 OPS in July was his best over a month since posting a .762 mark in April. (Joshua Tjiong/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss | August 1, 2019 11:25 PM ET

Pittsburgh Pirates No. 2 prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes notched four hits in a game for the first time this season as Triple-A Indianapolis topped Toledo, 11-5, on Thursday night.

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