The Pirates take on the Phillies’ minor league system today. The AAA and AA teams will play at Pirate City, while the A-ball team will be on the road heading to Philadelphia’s minor league camp. The Pirates will also play a game against Team Canada.
Here are the pitchers for each game, as well as the only lineup I know.
Pitchers: Aaron Poreda (Starter), Mike Loree, Kyle Cofield, Kris Johnson, Jose Diaz
Pitchers: Hunter Strickland (Starter), Brian Leach, Tim Alderson, Jason Erickson, Tyler Cox, Zach Foster
1. Mel Rojas Jr., LF
2. Brock Holt, SS
3. Jarek Cunningham, 2B
4. Matt Curry, 1B
5. Evan Chambers, CF
6. Elevys Gonzalez, 3B
7. Stefan Welch, DH
8. Justin Howard, RF
9. Kawika Emsley-Pai, C
A (Road Game)
Pitchers: Nick Kingham (Starter), Trent Stevenson, Mike Jefferson, Josh Poytress, Joan Montero
Pirates vs Team Canada
Pitchers: Luis Heredia (Starter), Jordan Cooper, Fraylin Campos, Bryce Weidman, Logan Pevny.
Don’t read too much in to the AAA/AA assignments. From what I’ve seen in the past, the teams can be made up of players from several different levels. For example, Mel Rojas Jr. is on the AA team, but has only played as high as West Virginia. His placement doesn’t mean he’s skipping over high-A. The same thing for Justin Howard and Kawika Emsley-Pai.
I’ll have the complete rosters for each team up in a bit.