Pirates Close Home Spring Schedule with Loss

Bucs steal home, debut a new pitcher & shortstop and make roster moves.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 26, 2018 - 6:18 pm
Bae slide

93.7 the Fan

Trevor Williams gave up a couple of earned runs in two plus innings as the Pirates lost to the Phillies 6-3 in their final home Grapefruit League game.  Five of Williams seven outs were strikeouts.

“It’s go time,” Williams said.  “We’re all ready to get out of here.  We’re all ready to go to Detroit and getting this season going.”

Bucs used five from their new bullpen as Edgar Santana gave up a couple of runs over 1.2 innings.  George Kontos, Michael Feliz and Josh Smoker all threw a scoreless inning.  Dovydas Neverauskas walked the only batter he faced.

Adam Frazier led off and had a couple of hits, raising his spring average to .353

Steal of Home

Pirates outfield prospect Lolo Sanchez with a straight steal of home in the 6th  inning.  The 18-year-old wasn’t even tagged late as the pitcher threw high when seeing Sanchez racing to score.  Sanchez reached base safely in his last 26 games in the Gulf Coast League last season.

Bo Schultz Debuts

Spending all of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery, Pirates minor league free agent pitcher Bo Schultz gave up a hit in a scoreless 7thand hit 97 mph on the radar gun.  It was Schultz first appearance in a game in 362 days, following Tommy John surgery which wiped out all of 2017.

“I don’t know if it was necessarily emotional, but it was definitely weird,” Schultz said.  “It was different from normal because it had been so long.  It was kind of nice to stand on the mound for a second before the first pitch.  Even though it was just a Spring Training game, look at a stadium and say ‘alright, here we go’.”

“The delivery was collected and connected,” manager Clint Hurdle said.  “The ball came out of his hand pretty good, the velocity was there.  He came off the mound with a big smile and that’s the biggest step in the right direction for him.”

New Pirates Shortstop

South Korean Shortstop Ji-Hwan Bae made his first Pirates Spring Training game after being signed last week.  Bae came in as a pinch runner and scored in the 7th inning.  The 18-year-old also had a flawless double-play turn.

Bae said through a translator he was a fan of Jung-Ho Gung before he joined the Pirates and was playing in Korea.  Bae said he wants to challenge himself playing in America.  The lefty hitter said he is learning English and Spanish to get better communication with his teammates

“He’s a fun guy,” Hurdle said.  “His teammates love it.  Even after lining out, when he comes back in the dugout.  There’s a lot of connectedness coming out of Pirate City.  Those guys, they work together, they come up together.  When anybody does something of value they have a tendency to rally around one another.  It’s fun to watch.”

A former Braves prospect, Bae got a bonus around 1.25 million and it is money earned in the Andrew McCutchen trade that helped sign him.

More Roster Moves

After his outing Schultz, along with catcher Ryan Lavarnway and outfielder Daniel Nava were all reassigned to minor-league camp.  Nava was signed in early February and then underwent back surgery later in the month.  The 35-year-old outfielder was on a minor league deal and isn’t expected to be ready until late Spring or early Summer.

Mets Claim Brentz

Placed on waivers by the Pirates, outfielder Bryce Brentz was claimed by the Mets on Monday.  Brentz was acquired from the Red Sox for cash considerations on February 20th.  The righty hit .250 with three homers, six RBI and 11 strikeouts in 40 at bats with the Pirates this spring.