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.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.