BRADENTON, Fla. – While the World Baseball Classic has the baseball world buzzing, Grapefruit League action continues for the Pittsburgh Pirates down in Florida. With their exhibition schedule winding down, the Bucs currently hold a 14-7-1 record.
Pittsburgh’s roster is beginning to take shape, giving us a glimpse at who could suit up with the Indianapolis Indians in 2017. Here is your latest update on how some of those players are performing this spring.
- OF Adam Frazier – Frazier now leads the team in hits with 15, thanks in part to a big game on March 13. Pittsburgh’s center fielder went 4-for-4 against the Atlanta Braves that afternoon, including a two-run single.
- 2B Alen Hanson – Hanson is not far behind Frazier’s pace, sitting in a tie for second on the club with 14 knocks. It was another good week for the switch hitter, as he recorded multiple hits in all three three games he appeared in (eight hits total).
- SS Gift Ngoepe – Ngoepe is one of the men tied with Hanson with 14 hits and came up with an impressive week at the dish to get there. The shortstop collected nine hits in four games played, including a two RBI day versus the Toronto Blue Jays on March 19.
- 1B Josh Bell – Knee surgery sidelined Bell early on this spring, but the 24-year-old has since returned and is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Despite drawing five walks, he has looked a bit rusty at the plate thus far, collecting just one hit (RBI single) in 17 at-bats.
- SP Tyler Glasnow – The Pirates former top prospect had a rough go on March 13, giving up five runs on six hits to the Braves, but bounced back in a March 18 outing. The righty picked up his first win of the spring in the contest with the Philadelphia Philles, limiting the Phils to one run on four hits over the course of four innings.
- SP Drew Hutchison – Hutchison’s hopes of cracking the Pirates rotation took a hit on March 17, as the Baltimore Orioles knocked the right-hander around. The O’s got to Hutchison to the tune of six runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings, leaving the veteran with the loss.
- SP Steven Brault – The 24-year-old’s hot start to the spring came to a halt in relief of Glasnow on March 18, as the Phillies used four hits and a pair of walks to push across four runs against the lefty in 2 2/3 innings of work.
- SP Jameson Taillon – Taillon turned in a solid start in a March 15 matchup with Baltimore, holding the Orioles to one run on four hits in four innings pitched.
Relief pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas and infielder Chris Bostick were optioned to Triple-A on March 17. It was also announced on Monday that reliever Pat Light will begin the season with Indianapolis.
Neverauskas, Pittsburgh’s 24th ranked prospect, played in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game and recorded a 3.60 ERA in 25 appearances with the Tribe last season. Bostick is new to the Pirates organization, coming off of a 2016 campaign in which he hit an even .250 between Double-A and Triple-A in the Washington Nationals‘ system. The Bucs acquired Light in a trade with the Minnesota Twins on February 9 and after making his major league debut in 2016, the right-hander allowed two runs on two hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched this spring.