By Jason Shetler
Pirates Prospects is reporting the promotions of three shortstop prospects. Kevin Newman to AAA Indianapolis, Cole Tucker to AA Altoona and Stephen Alemais to High A Bradenton.
Newman entered 2017 as the Pirates top shortstop prospect. The 2015 first rounder has struggled most of the season for Altoona, with a .669 OPS, but has been performing much better in July, posting an OPS of .790.
Tucker returned to Bradenton to begin this season. The 21-year-old put up very impressive numbers for the Marauders, as he posted an .801 OPS. Tucker’s speed has really opened some eyes this year, stealing 36 bases, which led the Florida State League.
Alemais started off this year with the Low A West Virginia Power. Drafted by the Pirates in the third round of last year’s MLB Draft, Alemais has done little on the offensive side, putting up just an OPS of .646 for the Power this season. Defensively however, he has been excellent, and is the best defensive shortstop in the Pirates system, not named Gift Ngoepe.