Just like major league camp, the Pirates slowly build their minor league starters up to the point where they're ready for the season by the time they break camp. Typically a minor league start will go around 75 pitches in the Pirates' system. In the last few days several pitchers have hit that mark in their Spring Training outings.
Nick Kingham threw 75 pitches on Friday in his final start of the Spring.
Gerrit Cole threw 65 pitches in five innings on Thursday, not needing the extra ten pitches to get through five. Hunter Strickland had a more efficient outing on Friday, needing just 55 pitches to get through five innings.
Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie were both around 65 pitches in their last starts.
Nathan Baker was the latest starter to get stretched out. The left-hander made his final start of the spring today, going five innings and throwing 76 pitches. The results weren't strong, with Baker giving up four runs on six hits, allowing three walks and striking out one...
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