"Every once in a while, he does something really special with the bat," said John Baker, hours before first pitch. "He randomly puts one out there 109 [MPH] over the fence."
Hours later, Bubba Chandler hit his first home run in his first at-bat.
Chandler, drafted by the Pirates in the third round last year and given a $3 million bonus, is going to be playing in the FCL this year as a right-handed starting pitcher and a designated hitter. The two-way prospect is currently up to around four innings of work in his starts -- his FCL debut was shortened by rain -- and has been making strides with his hitting. He was working at shortstop in Spring Training, but the Pirates are keeping things simple, just giving him the bat in addition to pitching.
"That’s the current plan," said Baker. ...
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