Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday: Bucs Take On Rays, Trevor Williams v Diego Moreno, Lineup, Notes, Kang Woes Continue, Bucs Dropped 10-7

Today: The Bucs host the Rays at LECOM Park in Bradenton at 1:05. The game will be shown on Root Sports; no radio.

Lineup: Adam Frazier LF, Jordy Mercer SS, John Jaso RF, David Freese 3B, Josh Bell 1B, Phil Gosselin 2B, Austin Meadows CF, Stew C, Trevor Williams P. JJ and Fraze get to roam the corners today.

Pitchers: Trevor Willams, Tony Watson, Daniel Hudson, Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio. Trevor and the A-Team bullpen.

Trevor takes the bump (photo via

Yesterday's Game: Hoo boy, just when Hutch looked like he was zeroing in on that fifth starter's role, yesterday happened: a five-run first frame. Jared Hughes gave up a three-spot later on, but gave up just one hard-hit ball; the shift and a couple of misplays in the field hurt him badly. The Buc bats tried to overcome as Starling stroked a grand slam (he also doubled and had five RBI), but all in all, it was too little, too late as the Bucs fell 10-7. Pirate hitting has been strong this spring, but the glovework still needs considerable tightening up.

  • Diego Moreno, today's Rays starter, was one of the Pirate farm hands traded to the Yankees for AJ Burnett in 2012.
  • Cutch and J-Hay are back in camp; the whole gang's in Bradenton except for JHK. This KBS article, translated rather loosely (and somewhat comically) doesn't make it sound like a return any time soon, meaning this year, is in the cards for Kang as his work visa was denied.
Cole Train will get some camp work today (image via Positively Pittsburgh)
  • Gerrit Cole is working a minor league game at Pirate City today.
  • James Hesdra of isportsweb posted his take on the 2017 Buccos.
  • Anthony Castrovince of Sports on Earth has Austin Meadows among his 12 Prospects to Watch.
  • Some former Bucco farmhands were MLB camp cuts recently: OF Willy Garcia (White Sox), RHP Lisalverto Bonilla & 2B Dilson Herrera (Reds), OF Harold Ramirez & C Reese McGuire (Blue Jays) and RHP Brooks Pounders (Angels). RHP David Whitehead (Phils), who was the get for Charlie Morton, was released.

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