Saturday, March 10, 2018

Notes: Split Squads; Bucs Edge Phils; Camp Stuff & Notable Signing

Today: Let's play two! It's split squad day. The Bucs will take on the Bravos at LECOM Park at 1:05. That game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet. Trevor Williams will start it off, followed by Felipe Rivero, Kyle Crick, Kevin Siegrist, Josh Smoker and Jordan Milbrath. Game two will be on the road against the Orioles in Sarasota at Ed Smith Stadium, also at 1:05. Chad Kuhl will start, followed by George Kontos, Michael Feliz and Edgar Santana. That broadcast will be broadcast by 93.7 The Fan.


Yesterday: The Pirates held off the Phillies, 5-4. Steven Brault gave up three runs (two earned) in 2-2/3 frames on five hits, three of which were doubles. Dovydas Neverauskas surrendered the other tally in a two-inning stint. Tyler Jones served up 1-2/3 scoreless IP; Richard Rodriguez and Casey Sadler each worked a frame and put up zeroes. Johnny Stilson and Alex McRae were both called on to get the third out and did their job. Jordan Luplow and Elias Diaz homered while Adam Frazier went  2- for-3 with two runs; Luplow had three RBI.

Notes:
  • For a very meh line, both Brault and Clint seemed pleased with the outing. Clint noted that the D wasn't sharp (again) and that Steven threw all his pitches. The lefty was happy that his newest toy, a changeup, was coming along. That's why spring numbers are not very predictive.
  • Fraze is on fire; he's on an 8-for-11 roll.
  • The Pirates have homered in six straight games with 13 taters during that span, an encouraging sign. 
  • @pirateprospects have reported that the Pirates signed South Korean SS Ji-Hwan Bae, 18, a fairly highly touted prospect who was freed from the Atlanta system for international signing pool violations. The Braves described him featuring "...impact speed and defense, with bat-to-ball skills and a left-handed hitter." He's thought to athletic enough to stay at short; his only missing tool is power.

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