The Pirates had their first full squad workout yesterday, so everybody’s in camp now. Of course, almost everybody was already there last week, which may say something in itself.
Here were the lineups for infield drills:
1B: Carlos Santana, Ji-Man Choi
2B: Rodolfo Castro, Ji-Hwan Bae
SS: Oneil Cruz, Chris Owings
3B: Ke’Bryan Hayes, Tucupita Marcano
. . . and . . .
1B: Malcom Nunez
2B: Nick Gonzales, Termarr Johnson
SS: Liover Peguero, Andres Alvarez
3B: Jared Triolo, Drew Maggi
Here are photos from the practice, starting with Nick Gonzales.
Ji-Man Choi fielding grounders at first base.
Liover Peguero at shortstop.
Drew Maggi getting work at third base.
Carlos Santana entering the batting cage.
The new catching duo? Austin Hedges and Kevin Plawecki
Future late-inning relief?
Connor Joe returns.
Nate Webb, a right-handed pitcher who was signed to a minor league deal in November.
Minor league Rule 5 selection Wei-Chieh Huang.
Travis Swaggerty catching a fly ball.
Having followed the Pirates fanatically since 1965, Wilbur Miller is one of the fast-dwindling number of fans who’ve actually seen good Pirate teams. He’s even seen Hall-of-Fame Pirates who didn’t get traded mid-career, if you can imagine such a thing. His first in-person game was a 5-4, 11-inning win at Forbes Field over Milwaukee (no, not that one). He’s been writing about the Pirates at various locations online for over 20 years. It has its frustrations, but it’s certainly more cathartic than writing legal stuff. Wilbur is retired and now lives in Bradenton with his wife and three temperamental cats.
These are excellent!
Santana is built like CSN…or CSN is built like Santana.
I spent a lot of time yesterday trying to figure out which was which.
Yeah, at first blush I thought it was CSN
Jesus wept, Connor Joe looks like the second coming of John Jaso!
Thanks Wilbur for making me jealous of you.
Perfect position for Peggy!……but his issue has been his throws.
Great pics Wilbur!
As always….great pics. But which one is the future closer….Hernandez or DLS??