One advantage Bradenton has now is that there are two Pirates' affiliates there. The rookie level Gulf Coast League Pirates play at Pirate City, with games generally at noon, and the high A Florida State League Bradenton Marauders play mostly in the evening at McKechnie Field. I made it to both games on Friday. The GCL Bucs went up early but eventually lost, 6-4, to the Braves. The Marauders also got an early lead but made better use of it, scoring five in the first on the way to a 16-5 laugher over Fort Myers, a Twins affiliate.
The Pirates' GCL team is a very different affair from what it was in the dark days of the Littlefield regime. The GCL is intended as an introductory league for high school draftees and players just reaching the US ...
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