Monday, February 29, 2016

And We're Off...Black v Gold Scrimmage

The official spring opener, the 2016 Black and Gold kickoff scrimmage (we still miss ya, Manatee Community College) is slated for noon at McKechnie Field. And it's a nice, 5-1/2 inning showcase for the future of Bucco pitching.

For the Black club, Jameson Taillon gets the first two frames, Steven Brault the next pair and Chad Kuhl finishes up. Tyler Glasnow opens for the Gold, with Big John Holdzkom tossing the third frame and Trevor Williams coming on in the home stretch.

Pretty sweet matchup to start the spring (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)
The Gold lineup will be Alen Hanson 2B, Danny Ortiz CF, Jake Goebbert LF, Jason Rogers 1B, Ed Easley C, Max Moroff 3B, Pedro Florimon SS, Harold Ramirez RF & Juan Diaz DH, with Taillon pitching and C Jake Stalling on the bench. For the Black, the order is Cole Figueroa 2B, Adam Frazier CF, Matt Joyce LF, Willie Garcia RF, Josh Bell 1B, Elias Diaz C, Don Gamache 3B, Gift Ngoepe SS & Juan Diaz, DH (not a typo; he's listed on both cards). Glasnow does the tossing and C Reese McGuire is on the pine.

There are some interesting names - Ortiz, Goebbert, Rogers, Figueroa, Joyce & Florimon are all in roster battles while Hansen, Elias Diaz and Bell, along with Glasnow, Taillon & Holdzkom, may get a call at some point in the season - on the card today. Mix in future hopefuls such as McGuire, Moroff, Frazier, Ngoepe, Gamache, Stallings, Ramirez, Garcia and the other pitchers and it's a nice preview game.

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