Analysis

Spring Training Recap: Pirates vs. Cincy

Spring Training Recap: Pirates vs. Cincy

If you missed the game, you can read my live blog here. Dejan has a summary up at that Post-Gazette, and the mothership posted a story, too.
My take on the performances:
The Studs
1. Luis Matos, Pittsburgh

Matos hit two homers (one wind-aided, one not) in the first game of Grapefruit League play. He started in the outfield along with Andrew McCutchen and Chris Aguila as the regulars (Bay, Duffy, Nady) had the day off. Matos has a legitimate shot at earning a spot on the Opening Day roster, especially if Xavier Nady's intestinal ailment (rumored to be Crohn's disease) forces him to miss time.
2. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh
You can't ask for much more from a top prospect. He led off for the Pirates and hit a homer on the third pitch he saw. In his next at bat, he doubled into the gap. Cutch finished the day at 2 for 4, and will get a long look this spring before opening the year with Double A Altoona.
3. Kirk Saarloos, Cincinnati
The utility pitcher (he'll either be the Reds' ...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

More in Analysis

Tyler Glasnow 3

Don’t Expect Tyler Glasnow in the Majors This Year

Tim WilliamsJuly 27, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Continue to Roll, Led By More Strong Pitching

Sean McCoolJuly 26, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Middle Relief Problems Continue For Pirates in Loss

Pete EllisJuly 26, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

How Will Aramis Ramirez Shake Up the Pirates Lineup?

Pete EllisJuly 25, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Backup Plan For Antonio Bastardo

Ryan PalencerJuly 25, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Polanco Stays Short, Goes Deep in Pirates Victory Over Washington

Pete EllisJuly 25, 2015

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects