BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lefty Justin Wilson took the mound at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. on Monday night for his first outing of the spring. After walking his first batter, the 24-year-old settled down and looked impressive in his 2012 spring debut.
"I had some jitters," Wilson said. "Especially with the first hitter. It’s always nice to get out there and once I slowed things down, I felt good and just wanted to keep throwing strikes."
"The first batter, I’m sure he had some nerves," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Whether it’s spring training, it’s the first time this kids got on the mound. It’s a big league game to him. Four quick balls, then boom, he went to work. It was good to see him repeat his delivery, downhill plane with that velocity. It’s hard to hit. It’s hard to square up."
Wilson went on to strike out three of his next five Oriole's batters over his two scoreless, hitless frames in relief.
"The arm’s big," Hurdle said. "The consistency of the arm, the c...