Yesterday: Joe Musgrove showed his good and bad in his first outing. He gave up a first inning run on a walk/double combo, struck out the side in the second (he had five whiffs), then walked two-of-three to open the third (he walked three during the outing), earning a pitch count hook. Brett McKinney came in and a bopped batter/homer later, the Yankees were off and running. They piled it on Felipe Rivero in the next frame; he was given the hook after three walks (one forcing in a run) and an error; Sean Keselica was beat around a little more as NY jumped up 8-3 on the way to a 9-5 win. Kyle Crick (two IP) and Kevin Siegrist shut the door; Dovy Neverauskas gave up a ninth inning homer. It was four errors Wednesday followed by nine walks yesterday, not a great look with the season approaching. Cervy and Jose Osuna smacked two-run, two-out homers for the Pirates, who only had six hits.
- William Boor of MLB.com picks out 25 prospects who have impressed him this spring - the Bucs have Colin Moran in the "break camp" category and Austin Meadows part of the "ETA - later this year" group.
- The camp battles to date are shaking out some, per WTM of Bucs Dugout.
- How young is the Pirates pitching staff? All these guys were born in 1991 or later - Steven Brault, Kyle Crick, Michael Feliz, Tyler Glasnow, Chad Kuhl, Joe Musgrove, Felipe Rivero, Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams, along with eight other pitchers currently on the 40-man roster. The only pitchers born in the eighties are Ivan Nova, George Kontos, AJ Schugel and Josh Smoker. Among the bubble NRI's only Bo Schultz ('85) has some gray - Kevin Siegrist, Tyler Jones and John Stilson were 1989-90 babies. The 40-man position players are split a little more evenly, with 10 from the nineties and nine from the eighties.