Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 6/22/13
The GCL Pirates played their first home game today, winning 3-2 against the GCL Yankees. I didn’t focus on the game as much today, since most of my focus was on getting pictures. I’d rather get that out of the way early in the season, and focus more on the games after this first week. That’s not to say I didn’t follow what was happening in the game. It just means when the game was over I only knew the Pirates won because they were shaking hands on the mound. Here are some updates on some of the players who are with the team, followed by some observations from the game. I’ll also include some photos so you can get an idea of what some of these guys look like. Matt Curry was rehabbing from hamate surgery. **Matt Curry is rehabbing with the team after undergoing hamate surgery at the start of May. Curry played first base today and hit fourth, playing only half the game. **Wyatt Mathisen has been rehabbing here in Bradenton from a partially torn labrum. Mathisen felt the injury during the first homestand in West Virginia. They tried to rehab through it, but it wasn’t improving in his time there. He won’t need surgery, but has been taking time off, and will probably take another two weeks off until he’s ready to start resuming baseball activities. **Reese McGuire is down here with the team, but hasn’t played yet due to strep throat. He’s hoping to get into his first game on Monday. 2013 5th round pick Trae Arbet **Trae Arbet has been the designated hitter for the last two games. The Pirates drafted him as a prep shortstop in the 5th round this year, and gave him $425 K, which was over-slot. He’s been taking fielding drills, and should take the field sometimes during next week’s games. **8th round pick Neil Kozikowski, who I reported earlier in the week had signed an over-slot deal, is with the team. He last threw a day after the draft, but hasn’t pitched since then. It has also been a while since his high school season ended. The Pirates will slowly get him built back up to the point where he can pitch in games. If Jon Sandfort is any indication, Kozikowski will get around 15 innings this year in the GCL. He could get more than that, but he already pitched a full high school season, and one start in summer ball, so they’re probably not going to load him up on innings. Game Notes Miguel Rosario struck out six in four innings of work. **Miguel Rosario started the game. He got off to a rough start, giving up two runs on two hits in four innings. The two runs came on solo homers — one in the first and one in the second. After that he settled down. He was throwing his fastball in the 89-92 MPH range, and touched 93 once. He’s got good movement on the pitch, but has trouble commanding it at times. He throws a mid-80s changeup and a 78-81 MPH slider. Rosario had six strikeouts on the day.
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