Minor league spring training games began on Friday with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Trenton Thunder taking on the Pirates Triple-A and Double-A teams at the Yankees Player Development and Scouting Complex in Tampa.
Due to Bobby Mitchell and the Triple-A staff being at big league camp all the minor league staffs were coaching up a level. Jay Bell managed the Triple-A Yankees, Pat Osborn managed the Double-A team while Julio Mosquera managed High-A and Lino Diaz managed the Class-A team.
As for the players:
- Gleyber Torres batted third and went 2-for-3 with a home run and double for the RailRiders. Torres earned three RBIs and committed one error in the field.
- Dalton Blaser hit a homerun.
- DIllon Tate got the start for Scranton and struck out 4 in 4 innings of work. The home run was hit by Cole Tucker. Tate operated 92-95 and had good break on his pitches and mixed in a few changeups.
- Jordan Foley pitched 1 2/3 innings and struck out five batters.
- Kyle Higashioka went 0-for-3 but threw out a runner.
- Infielder Mandy Alvarez had two doubles for the Trenton Thunder.
- Power pitcher Domingo Acevedo is slated to pitch on Monday, seeing his first action of the spring.