Rodriguez allowed no earned runs and fanned four over four innings
The Pirates played host to the Yankees' class A teams at Pirate City today, in games dominated by the pitching. Outside of a first inning outburst by the Pirates' high A squad, there was little offense.
The low A game finished in a 1-1 tie, as Joely Rodriguez put together a strong start. He allowed just one unearned run on one hit and one walk over four innings, while fanning four. The left-hander threw his fastball in the 87-90 mph range and showed a sharp slider. Rodriguez has been up as high as 95 in the past, but he seems to be much more effective when he focuses on keeping the ball down at the expense of some velocity, as the pitch has good movement. He got swings and misses with both the fastball and slider.
Jason Grilli pitched a quick first inning in the high A game before giving way to Adrian Sampson, who threw four scoreless innings. Sampson's fastball ranged from 88-91, a little slower than las...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.