On the eve of camp…
By the number of players already working out at Pirate City on Thursday, it would seem that almost all the pitchers and catchers have already trickled in. And with the weather being what it is down here, it’s hard to blame them for getting going early.
Friday is the official report date for pitchers and catchers… well, for those not here already. The first workout will be at noon on Saturday.
For those looking for the comprehensive list of players participating in Major League camp, I’ve listed all the non-roster invitees below. Of course, everyone on the team’s 40-man roster is participating as well.
Pitchers: RHP Denny Bautista, RHP Chris Bootcheck, RHP Jason Davis, LHP Daniel Haigwood, RHP Juan Mateo, RHP Daniel McCutchen, RHP Brian Slocum
Catchers: Eric Kratz, Miguel Perez
Infielders: Shelby Ford, Garrett Jones, Pedro Lopez, Anderson Machado, Andy Phillips
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Craig Monroe, Jeff Salazar
In other pre-Spring Training news…
A new field at Pirate City now sits where I parked by car last year, but the addition of the field will give coaches more flexibility to spread out workouts/drills if needed. With the field, the Pirates now have four full fields and one half field at Pirate City.
Also, note that a handful of Pirates Grapefruit League games will be webcast on Pirates.com this spring. Games on March 4 (vs. Minnesota), March 12 (vs. Minnesota), March 18 (vs Minnesota), March 23 (vs. Tampa Bay), March 30 (vs. Cincinnati) and April 1 (vs. Boston) will all be webcasted, so those of you without the luxury of spending time down here can still get your fix of Spring Training baseball.
In addition, the Pirates’ March 16 game against Tampa Bay will be telecast on FSN-Pittsburgh. That game has a 7:05 p.m. start time.