Highlights From Thursday’s Action in the Fall Instructional League

The Fall Instructional League started this week and the Pittsburgh Pirates played their first home game on Thursday afternoon against the Yankees. We posted the schedule for the league and the roster for team one for the Pirates. A second team will begin play on Saturday and an updated roster should be out soon. No scores are kept in these Instructional League games, but I was told the Pirates bats were doing a lot of damage. Adrian Sampson pitched two innings in relief of Shane Carle, who started the game and only pitched the first inning.

The starting lineup included Austin Meadows, JaCoby Jones, Willy Garcia and Jose Osuna. They played five innings, while an entire new group came on to finish the game. Included in that group was Raul Siri, who had a terrific season in the DSL this year and this was his first action in the States. Wyatt Mathisen, Reese McGuire, Tito Polo and Michael de la Cruz were also part of the second group. We have some video from today courtesy of the FIL Pirates fan page. We will have more videos from this game in the highlights section of the Morning Reports over the next few days

The first video is Austin Meadows driving in an early run with an RBI double.

Here is Adrian Sampson warming up before he entered the game.

Willy Garcia reaching on a ground ball(probably an error) to third base. Jose Osuna followed him with a two-run single.

Dan Gamache laces a double into right field.

  • I think JOsuna is getting picked in the Rule 5 and stashed as a platoon RH 1B. He’s still really young and could go back to AA in 2016 as a 23 year old.

    If Neal wanted to take a risk he’d trade Gaby and let Stetson Allie be the RHH 1B platoon this year and then add JOsuna to the roster. No way is he putting three RH 1B on the 40 man.

  • Went to see the game. Awesome amount of talent. Very few fans there, but it seemed like 100 Pirates. We must have scored 15! I admit I was thrilled to witness.

    • Probably is close to 100 Pirates there between the two teams and injured players on rehab. Plus a lot of coaches on hand too.