BRADENTON, Fla. – After playing an intrasquad game and going through a week’s worth of Grapefruit League action, we have had our first look at the 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates on the field. Players from last year’s Indianapolis Indians squad have played a big role in helping the Pirates post a 2-3-1 record so far this spring.
Here are some of the 2015 Indian position players that have gotten off to quick starts for the Pirates in Grapefruit League play:
- SS Pedro Florimon – Florimon has racked up four hits in nine at-bats thus far and has been able to make them count. The shortstop leads the Pirates with six RBIs, with five of the six runs batted in coming in his last two games.
- 2B Alen Hanson – Hanson’s batting average sits at .500 through five games played, as he has four base knocks in eight at-bats. Hanson also has three RBIs thus far, but his production has not been limited to the batter’s box, as he has stolen three bases.
- C Elias Diaz – Diaz has notched four hits in six at-bats thus far this spring, including going 2-for-2 with a run-scoring single on March 5 against the Atlanta Braves.
- 1B Josh Bell – Bell has only managed to record one hit in four games this spring, but he has still knocked in a total of three runs. A run-scoring groundout on March 2 accounted for one RBI, with a two-run double on March 3 running his spring total up to three at this point.
The early spring results from some of last year’s Indians pitchers have been up and down:
- SP Wilfredo Boscan – Boscan has held his opposition scoreless thus far, giving up just two hits and striking out a pair of batters in three innings of work.
- SP Tyler Glasnow – Pittsburgh’s top prospect got the start on March 5, but surrendered two runs on two hits and three walks in his 1 2/3 innings on the hill.
- SP Jameson Taillon – The Pirates’ second best pitching prospect threw a pair of innings in relief of Glasnow on March 5. Taillon gave up one run on two hits in his two innings of work, including a solo home run from Braves designated hitter Tyler Flowers.
- RP John Holdzkom – The right-hander endured a bumpy start in his first appearance on March 2, as he allowed three runs on three hits and a walk to the Toronto Blue Jays in just 2/3 of an inning pitched. Holdzkom bounced back on March 6, however, as he worked around a walk to pitch a scoreless inning against the Houston Astros.