Lineup (starters): Adam Frazier 2B, Jordy Mercer SS, Jose Osuna 1B, David Freese 3B, John Jaso LF, Phil Gosselin RF, Danny Ortiz CF, Stew C and Jameson Taillon P. JJ and Goose are manning the outfield corners; the Pirates are still trying to decide if they have a good fourth OF'er option. Jordy's been getting a few looks in the two hole; whether that's to get him extra spring at-bats or actually a thing is TBD.
|JJ will get dirty in the outfield today (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
Pitchers: Jameson Taillon, Antonio Bastardo, Jared Hughes & Juan Nicasio. Jared is still looking for his mojo while the other arms have produced solid springs.
- The Bucs will get a chance to hook up with old bud Pedro Alvarez; he's hitting fifth for the Birds as the DH. It's El Toro's 2017 spring debut.
- Team Israel was eliminated in WBC play, so RHP Jared Lakind will be back on the Bucco barstool soon.
- Fangraph's Eric Longenhagen listed his Top 100 Prospects. Pirate pups that made the grade are OF Austin Meadows (#5), RHP Tyler Glasnow (#26), RHP Mitch Keller (#46), 1B Josh Bell (#50), SS Kevin Newman (#83) & 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (#99).