Heading to Spring Training

Tomorrow morning I leave for Bradenton, Florida on my way to Pirates’ Spring Training.  If my math is correct, I’ll be the 4th member of the Pirates Prospects crew down there.  I believe that will entitle us to a bulk discount at Mixon’s.

I’ll be heading down with two “day job” work colleagues and we’ll be taking in the major-league games at McKechnie on Friday and Saturday, plus heading over to Pirate City to check out the minor leaguers, as well. 

There’s a lot of guys I’m interested in seeing on the prospect side.  Of course there’s the usual suspects of Cole, Taillon, Bell, and Marte, but I’m very intrigued by the news that Luis Heredia is now 6′-7″ and throwing 97 mph as a 17 year old.  I’d like to get a preview look at Robbie Grossman before his placement to Altoona in a month.  I’m curious to see McPherson’s offspeed pitches to get a feel for his true ceiling.  I’d also like to see the Jose Osuna Experience in person.

My colleagues and I will be squeezing in some golf at River Run, as well.  Any restaurant suggestions will be appreciated in the comments, as well as any players you would like me to focus on seeing.

Analysis

  • Mar Vista on Longboat Key is a great place on the water. The deck seating provides great atmosphere for grabbing a few drinks and slamming some tasty seafood.

  • Mar Vista on Longboat Key is a great place on the water. The deck seating provides great atmosphere for grabbing a few drinks and slamming some tasty seafood.

  • David Kaleida
    March 16, 2012 11:29 am

    Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus out on Anna Maria Island is great. Call for reservations.
    http://www.islandreal.com/old-hamburg-schnitzelhaus-offers-german-authentic-cuisine/ 

  • Zack Von Rosenberg, haven’t heard any mention of him this Spring. Maybe some details on Josh Bell. I have seen him on video, but haven’t really got a feel for the talent. Any comments would be great.

    Also, the video’s posted so far have been fantastic — so more would be highly appreciated.

  • Zack Von Rosenberg, haven’t heard any mention of him this Spring. Maybe some details on Josh Bell. I have seen him on video, but haven’t really got a feel for the talent. Any comments would be great.

    Also, the video’s posted so far have been fantastic — so more would be highly appreciated.

  • You already mentioned McPherson, but if you can look at Owens also.  I think those are two with a good shot of moving up mybe Locke too.  Have fun!

  • You already mentioned McPherson, but if you can look at Owens also.  I think those are two with a good shot of moving up mybe Locke too.  Have fun!

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