The minor leaguers take on the Yankees farm system today. The lineups, pitchers, and notes are below. First, a few notes from camp.
**Andy Oliver was optioned to Triple-A today. The Pirates plan on stretching him out in minor league camp and using him as a starter.
Luis Heredia might not be in West Virginia until the end of April.
**Luis Heredia may have a shot at West Virginia this year, but it might not be right away. He could be on a similar timeline as Jameson Taillon in 2011. Taillon started the year in extended Spring Training, then moved up to West Virginia at the end of April. That was meant to control his innings, keep him out of the cold weather in April, and make sure that he wouldn't be shut down at the end of the season. I spoke with Larry Broadway this morning, and he mentioned that they would want to take a similar approach with Heredia, making sure he wouldn't have to be shut down at the end of the year.
Lineup: Darren Ford (8), Drew Maggi (6)...
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