ShareThis Page
Pirates’ top prospect Keller struggles in spring training loss to Rays | TribLIVE.com
Pirates/MLB

Pirates’ top prospect Keller struggles in spring training loss to Rays

Doug Gulasy
| Sunday, March 3, 2019 4:45 p.m.
829529_web1_806147-d6d9a3f99cb24bee8c9b01b70dbd0586
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Mitch Keller pitches in the first inning of their spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

Mitch Keller, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pitching prospect, had a rough time on the mound in Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay struck Keller for four runs in the first inning of a 10-4 victory over the Pirates at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. Keller gave up four runs on three hits, walking two and striking out none, in his one inning of work.

Another of the Pirates’ top prospects, third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, continued his strong spring by going 1-for-2 with a double, his third in 13 at-bats during Grapefruit League play.

Outfielder Pablo Reyes hit his second home run of the spring for the Pirates, a solo shot to put the Pirates on the board in the fourth inning. Kevin Newman led off and went 2-for-3, playing the first five innings at shortstop.

Luis Escobar, Kyle Crick, Nick Burdi and Geoff Hartlieb pitched scoreless innings in relief for the Pirates (4-5-1), who won’t play Monday.

Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Doug at 412-388-5830, dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

Categories: Sports | Pirates
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.