Update: Pirates Summer Baseball

With summer leagues wrapping up in the next week or so and professional-bound former Pirates making a name for themselves in the minors, this has been an eventful summer for ECU baseball.

After getting selected in the fifth round by the Seattle Mariners in the MLB Draft, Jack Reinheimer has found himself at the next level of his career—minor league. He's played 35 games for the Everett Aquasox of the Northwest League in short-season A ball.

Reinheimer boasts a .285 batting average, which is a step up from the .271 he posted with ECU last season. He's also on pace to surpass his ECU career highs for runs and RBIs. Most impressively, though, has been his defensive play. At his natural shortstop position, Reinheimer has an impressive .987 fielding percentage.

Chase McDonald (Houston Astros, 12th round) and William Chrismon (Houston Astros, 26th round) haven't had as much luck standing out. Both have spent the last few weeks with the Greenville Astros of the Appalachian League.

McDonald's .180 batting average leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, with nine RBIs in 15 games, his offensive production hasn't been hindered too much. Chrismon, on the other hand, hasn't been given many opportunities. As a pitcher, he's appeared in just five games, but has made the most of them with two wins and no losses.

Andrew LaMura's stagnant offensive production has held his team back. The Morehead Marlins are still just below the .500 mark. Their performance seems to wane whenever they take their game on the road. LaMura, who has only started in 16 of 26 appearances, only has eight runs and five RBIs to show for the summer. His numbers have continually slid since his hot start to the season.

Pitcher Justin Taylor, who also has been playing for the Marlins this summer, hasn't done so well either. In seven appearances, Taylor has accumulated an earned run average of 4.09 and has only been credited with one win.

Luke Lowery, who just finished his freshman season this past spring, has been playing for the Wilson Tobs this summer. In his 24 hits this season, he's gotten two bases 11 times and hit three home runs. He also shined with a .987 fielding percentage, showing he's becoming a more polished player in more than one area of the game.

The pair of outfielder Garrett Brooks and pitcher Grayson Bailey have spent the summer with the Peninsula Pilots. Brooks continues to preview his abilities. His 16 runs and 10 RBIs aren't too impressive, but Brooks certainly stands out for his 19-25 base stealing record.

Bailey has found a niche as a relief pitcher. While he's only 1-0 through his 16 appearances and his 2.79 ERA leaves room for improvement, he's been consistent on the mound. The relief pitcher duo of Dylan Dickens and Nick Durazo continues to optimize whatever time they're given. Dickens owns an astounding 0.82 ERA through 11 innings pitched. Durazo has pitched over twice as many innings as Dickens and still has a measly 1.96 ERA and one credited win.

Summer leagues will soon be in the rear view mirror and this past baseball season is quickly becoming ancient art. Those drafted will continue trying to make an impact in the minors while also honing their skills while the Pirates will prep for the upcoming season. At this rate, it shouldn't be too far off.


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