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Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training: Week Two Recap

BRADENTON, FL – Another week of Grapefruit League baseball is in the books for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As the road to the 2018 regular season continues to unwind, here is a look how some former and possibly future Indianapolis Indians performed in week two.

Position players:

  • OF Starling Marte – A 2012 member of the Tribe (99 games, three games played in 2014 as well), Marte has clubbed solo homers in each of his last two games played. The two-time Gold Gold award winner leads Pittsburgh’s position players with a .500 batting average (8-for-16) thus far.
  • 3B Colin Moran – With 23 at-bats, no Pirate has taken more cuts than Moran at this point. The 25-year-old has taken advantage of that, too. Moran owns a .304 average and turned in a three-hit, one RBI game against the Baltimore Orioles in a loss on March 2.
  • SS Kevin Newman – The Bucs’ seventh rated prospect hit .283 in 40 appearances with the Indians after getting the promotion from Double-A in July of 2017. Thus far, Newman is hitting at a .273 clip (3-for-11) and is tied for second on the team with four runs scored.
  • OF Jordan Luplow – After hitting .325 with seven home runs in 44 games with Indianapolis in 2017, Luplow has had a rough go of it this spring. The 24-year-old has collected just two hits in 17 at-bats (.118), but had one bright spot versus the Atlanta Braves on March 5. Luplow hit his first long ball of the exhibition season, smashing a solo shot in a loss to Atlanta.

Pitchers:

  • SP Tyler Eppler – Eppler posted a 8-9 record and 4.89 ERA with 21 starts in Indy in 2017 and is looking good so far this spring. In four appearances (one start), the right-hander is third in innings pitched at 5.1 and has not surrendered a run on just two hits and a walk.
  • SP Alex McRae – Following a 2017 campaign in which he led Double-A Altoona in innings pitched with 149.2, McRae could find himself in Indianapolis in 2018. The righty gave up four runs on four hits and took the loss against the Tampa Bay Rays on Feb. 23. Since then, however, the 24-year-old has fired three scoreless innings on one hit and five punchouts.
  • SP Tyler Glasnow – Glasnow’s opening week struggles bled into week number two. The right-hander gave up two runs in two innings of work on Feb. 25, which looked great compared to what transpired this week. First on March 2, he struck out six batters but surrendered two more runs on four hits in three frames. Then on March 7, Glasnow was hit with the loss when he served up seven runs (six earned) on six hits and three walks in 2.2 innings of work.
  • SP Steven Brault – The southpaw earned his first win of the spring with a solid performance on March 4. Taking on the Minnesota Twins, Brault followed starter Jameson Taillon with two perfect innings in Pittsburgh’s 9-3 triumph.

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