Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 Minor League Spring Training Schedule

For the second year in a row, Spring Training is starting a bit later for the minor leaguers. Major League camp will go over to McKechnie Field on the 29th of February for the Black and Gold game. The early players will report for minor league camp on the 28th. The full camp reports on March 6th, and the first full workout isn’t until March 8th. Extended camp players are reporting much later this year, on April 4th, as opposed to March 16th last year. The first games will be played on the 16th, which is one day earlier than last year. Below is the schedule for all of the minor league games. All games are held at Pirate City, and entrance is free.

Each day features at least two games. Either the Triple-A and Double-A teams are home, or the two single-A teams are home. In the past, there have been intrasquad games between the short-season players, but with most of those players reporting after Spring Training, it doesn’t seem likely that these will occur. Still, on any given day at Pirate City, you’ve got the chance to watch two Pirates minor league teams at once, and maybe more.

The camp days are usually reserved for intrasquad games, which feature the two upper level teams against each other, the two A-ball teams facing off, and maybe a third game. Usually those intrasquad games occur during the later camp days, and not during the first three days on the schedule. If you’re interested in following the prospects, the camp days (3/17, 3/23, 3/29, 4/1, 4/2, 4/3) are the best days to be at Pirate City, since you can watch anywhere from 4-6 Pirates minor league teams, depending on whether they have two or three games.

Here is the schedule for the minor league games this year.

MINOR LEAGUE SCHEDULE (All 1:00 pm starts)

Mar-13

CAMP DAY

Mar-14

CAMP DAY

Mar-15

CAMP DAY (10 AM)

Mar-16

PHI @ 3A/2A

1A @ PHI

Mar-17

CAMP DAY

Mar-18

NYY @ 3A/2A

1A @ NYY

Mar-19

3A/2A @ TOR

TOR @ 1A

Mar-20

PHI @ 3A/2A

1A @ PHI

Mar-21

3A/2A @ PHI

PHI @ 1A

Mar-22

PHI @ 3A/2A

1A @ PHI

Mar-23

CAMP DAY (10 AM)

Mar-24

3A/2A @ TOR

TOR @ 1A

Mar-25

NYY @ 3A/2A

1A @ NYY

Mar-26

3A/2A @ NYY

NYY @ 1A

Mar-27

TOR @ 3A/2A

1A @ TOR

Mar-28

3A/2A @ TOR

TOR @ 1A

Mar-29

CAMP DAY (10 AM)

Mar-30

NYY @ 3A/2A

1A @ NYY

Mar-31

3A/2A @ PHI

PHI @ 1A

Apr-1

3A/2A CAMP DAY

NYY @ 1A

Apr-2

CAMP DAY

Apr-3

CAMP DAY

  • I shake at the thought of Pirate City someday not being free admission. Hope that never happens. When they weren’t so good, there were few fans in attendance, but now …

  • I’m coming to Spring Training from 3/1 to 3/4. Will there be practices at Pirates City in the morning for the early minor league players who report on the 28th?

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