Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/14/14
I got down to Bradenton around noon on Wednesday, after about 15 hours of driving from Virginia. For the last two days I’ve been unpacking the moving truck. That’s not finished yet, but I thought I’d take a break for this. The Pirates are set to open their Spring Training schedule today with a Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage. The teams are set to go five and a half innings. Below are the lineups and pitchers. Black 1. Alex Presley, CF 2. Chase d’Arnaud, SS 3. Jerry Sands, RF 4. Clint Robinson, 1B 5. Brandon Inge, DH 6. Jared Goedert, 3B 7. Josh Harrison, 2B 8. Michael McKenry 9. Felix Pie, LF SP – Gerrit Cole RP – Kyle Waldrop, Erik Cordier, Hunter Strickland Bench – Anderson Hernandez, Lucas May Gold 1. Starling Marte, LF 2. Jose Tabata, CF 3. Matt Hague, 3B 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B 5. Brad Hawpe, DH 6. Jordy Mercer, SS 7. Tony Sanchez, C 8. Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B 9. Darren Ford, CF SP – Jameson Taillon RP – Kyle Johnson, Vic Black Bench – Carlos Paulino, Ali Solis The big thing here, other than the obvious start to the baseball season, is that Cole and Taillon will be squaring off. The top prospects will be going up against a group largely made of non-roster invitees, or 40-man roster players competing for jobs. It’s pretty much the equivalent of a really good Triple-A squad. That will be a good first test for Cole, who is set to open his 2013 season with Indianapolis. Taillon is set to open in Altoona, but this will be a good chance for him to face some upper level hitting. Cole and Taillon are each throwing two innings, with all of the relievers pitching one inning each. The game starts at noon, and I’ll update this post throughout the game with notes on all of the performances.
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