Minor league camp is getting underway here at Pirate City. One benefit to the big league games starting is that big league camp moves to McKechnie Field, allowing the minor league players to start earlier and finish before noon. The downside? Waking up at 5 AM for the earlier starts.
Michael Dubee, Ryan Beckman, and Elias Diaz will be traveling with the major league team today as backups.
The following pitchers will be throwing live batting practice today: Tim Alderson, Kyle Cofield, Zach Foster, Brian Leach, Matt McSwain, Quinton Miller, and Brian Tallet.
The following pitchers will be throwing bullpen sessions today: Colten Brewer, Jake Burnette, Colton Cain, Mike Colla, Zac Fuesser, Tyler Glasnow, Clayton Holmes, Mike Jefferson, Nick Kingham, Aaron Poreda, Trent Stevenson, Hunter Strickland, Jameson Taillon, Zack Von Rosenberg, Tyler Waldron, Logan Pevny, Eliecer Navarro, Justin Ennis, Orlando Castro, Mike Loree, Jason Townsend, Jason Creasy, Tim Alderson, Brian Leach, Zach Foster, Bryce Weidman, Vincent Payne, Rinku singh, Kevin Decker, Dovydas Neverauskas, Cliff Archibald, Matt McSwain, Porfirio Lopez. I’m guessing that the guys throwing live BP will use that as their bullpen sessions.
Early work is about to begin for some players. I’ll have this updated throughout the day. Also, listen for me on 93.7 The FAN a little after 9 AM.
UPDATE 10:48 AM: I just uploaded some fielding drills from this morning. The video can be seen here. I was out watching some live batting practice. Brian Tallet, Tim Alderson, and Quinton Miller were throwing to Quincy Latimore and Andrew Lambo. I got video of all three pitchers, which I will upload throughout the day.
Tallet was very impressive against the left handed Lambo. His pitches had a lot of movement, with a good changeup, and a very nice cutter. His cutter is still a bit rusty though. He left it up against Latimore, who knocked it over the left-center wall. Afterwards the two were talking about the pitch, and Tallet noted he made a bad pitch. He followed that up with “Bad pitches deserve to be hit”.
Alderson’s curveball looks good, and he was using a cutter as a changeup. The problem with him is still his fastball. He’s got good secondary stuff, but unless he adds some velocity to his fastball, and gets command of the pitch, he’s going to remain a relief prospect.
Latimore was showing his power, hitting a few other pitches over the wall.