Pirates scout international cricket player
BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates on Wednesday were among 14 teams that scouted a private workout by Kieran Powell, a former international cricket player from Saint Kitts and Nevis.
“It's the right opportunity for me at the right time,” said Powell, 25, a speedy outfielder who's trained the past five weeks at IMG Academy in Bradenton.
A fan of Ken Griffey Jr. as a kid, Powell said baseball isn't too complicated compared to cricket.
“All you've got to do is hit the ball into the gap and get on base, don't get picked off, come around and score,” Powell said. “Catch some fly balls, throw some guys out with your rocket arm.”
Earlier this month, Powell, who played cricket for the West Indies, had tryouts with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets. He is seeking a minor league contract.
The Pirates were represented by director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks and director of Latin American scouting Rene Gayo.
The Pirates spring training complex is about a 10-minute drive from IMG Academy. Several major league players, including Andrew McCutchen, work out at IMG during the offseason.
In 2008, the Pirates signed Rinku Singh, who played cricket while growing up in India, to a minor league deal. Singh still is in the system, although he has not pitched since 2012 because of Tommy John surgery and a broken elbow.