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February 28, 2014

Minor League Update

Spring Training Games of February 27

by Jeff Moore


Sure, we got things started with a small slate of games on Wednesday, but Thursday’s nine-game schedule feels much more like the regular season we so eagerly anticipate.

The Good

  • Chris McGuiness, 1B, Pirates: 2-2, 2 R, 2B. The Pirates have a three-way battle for the left-handed half of their first-base platoon between Andrew Lambo, Travis Ishikawa and McGuiness. The former Rangers and Indians prospect who struck first.
  • Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates: 1-3, R, HR. Polanco is a strong candidate for spring articles that exaggerate the likelihood of a prospect making the Opening Day roster, and homering like he did on Thursday isn’t going to help. He won’t make the Pirates Opening Day roster no matter how well he plays because the Pirates have shown a strict adherence to being patient when it comes to service time considerations, but it will help justify why the Pirates didn’t overspend on someone like Nelson Cruz and are willing to suffer through two months of Jose Tabata and Travis Snider.
  • Tyler Naquin, OF, Indians: 1-3, R, HR, BB, 2 K. Box scores can be deceiving, because Naquin struck out twice and hit a

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