On this holiday, we won’t take a day off, and even though the NCAA Tournament begins at noon, we’ll focus on baseball.
Former Curve infielder Chase d’Arnaud was one of ten players released from MLB Spring Training to begin to take more reps with the level they are most likely to begin the season with. However, things didn’t get much easier for the 2008 4th round selection. The Pirates Minor League teams played against the Phillies amongst all levels (the Curve won 6-2) but things did not get easier for d’Arnaud playing in the AAA game as opposed to the MLB game.
After going 0-for-2 against him in an MLB Spring Training game last week, d’Arnaud and the future Indianapolis Indians had to face Cy Young Award Winner Roy Halladay again in yesterday’s game. The youngsters had some success against Halladay though as they scored three runs off him, including a single for d’Arnaud:
“Of course, no one’s invincible, so you have to go up there thinking you
can get a hit,” d’Arnaud, 24, said. “It was pretty nice being able to
get a hit off him and get things going for us. He came around to get me,
though, after. He pumped it up there at the end. I could tell.”
Oddly enough, d’Arnaud’s brother Travis, a highly rated catcher, was traded for Roy Halladay in a deal that also netted the Blue Jays Kyle Drabek, son of Cy Young Winner Doug Drabek.
Looking at the Pirates, they are 8-12 in Grapefruit League play, however, the Pirates went 7-21 in 2010 in Spring Training.
Jason Jaramillo: 8-for-15, 4 2B, HR
Lyle Overbay: 12-for-31, with a team-leading 3 HRs
Andy Marte: 8-for-19, 5 2B
Brian Burres has not allowed a run in 9 innings so far.
Nice to get back to some baseball notes, good luck to everyone on day one of the NCAA Tournament!