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/

By Tyler Maun / | August 22, 2019 11:08 PM

Coming down to the end of his first full pro season, Ji-Hwan Bae is storming to the finish line.

Pittsburgh's No. 8 prospect continued a steaming hot August at the plate with his first four-hit game since late May, doubling twice and driving in a career-high five runs as Class A Greensboro thumped Delmarva, 11-3, on Thursday.

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Bae opened his night with doubles in his first two at-bats. He bounced a shot through the left side in the top of the first inning. In the second, the 20-year-old cleared the bases with a drive to center, bringing in three runs.

Two innings later, Bae laced a single to left -- marking his first game with more than two knocks since July 21 -- and added a stolen base and one of his three runs scored for the night. In the fifth, the shortstop came through again with runners on, scoring two on a single to center.

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The showing was Bae's second four-hit game of the season and his first since May 24 at West Virginia.

The South Korea native got a slow start to the season, playing in just 13 games between April and May. In 20 June contests, Bae batted .286, bumping that number to .302 over 24 July games. After Thursday's showing, the 20-year-old sports a .366/.465/.451 slash line through 20 games in August to boost his season totals to .319/.402/.407 in 77 contests.

Adley Rutschman, the first overall pick in June's First-Year Player Draft and the Orioles' top prospect, walked and drove home a run for the Shorebirds in the loss.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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