Alex McRae admitted that he’s learning to pitch again. The 21-year-old right-hander, a tenth-round pick in the most recent draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, did a good job on Thursday in Batavia, N.Y., of demonstrating his comprehension of these lessons. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound McRae, a former standout at Jacksonville University, put together his best professional outing in eight starts.

“I’m learning how to pitch,” he said after his Jamestown Jammers split a New York-Penn League doubleheader with the host Batavia Muckdogs. “Coming out of college, they’re not really changing much with my mechanics. They’re teaching us how to pitch. I am learning a lot about the Pirates’ idea of pitching and what they want me to do. It’s all about fastball command and the changeup for starters.”

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