The last three starts for right-hander James McDonald were drastically different during Grapefruit League action. McDonald took a no-hitter into the sixth inning on March 24, and overall allowed one run on two hits over seven innings with no walks and seven strikeouts.
During his fifth start of spring training on March 29, McDonald struggled with his command and allowed 10 runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings. He walked seven batters, struck out one and gave up two long balls. McDonald was able to follow that rough outing up with a solid performance on the mound. Facing the Philadelphia Phillies in the final Grapefruit League game on Tuesday, McDonald allowed one run on two hits over three innings. He walked one and struck out three.
"The time before that, he was all over the joint," Pira...
This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.
If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail email@example.com.