Bogaerts and Bradley Break Out for Boston: March 2 Grapefruit League Report

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Feb 27, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Jaff Decker (14) doubles during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

We’re going to round up the results for prospects in yesterday’s Grapefruit League action once again.

Jaff Decker, traded this offseason to the Pittsburgh Pirates went one for three with an RBI while Gregory Polanco, getting the start in center field also went one for three with a double. 23-year-old Stolmy Pimentel got the start and picked up the win, going two shutout innings for the Bucs.

For the cross-state Phillies, catching prospect Tommy Joseph had one plate appearance and walked while outfield prospect Leandro Castro went oh for one, flying out. On the mound, Jesse Biddle had a somewhat rough appearance, giving up a pair of runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two in his first two innings of work this spring.

The Yankees visited the Blue Jays and had some young players play big roles in the 8-2 victory. Catcher J.R. Murphy had a big, three-run home run, going one for two. Although he’s a bit old, Yangervis Solarte hasn’t played a big league game yet and went two for two yesterday. 21-year-old left fielder Ramon Flores went one for three. Pitcher Vidal Nuno started and was fairly good, giving up just one run off of a big blast by Jose Bautista in his two innings of work. He struck out three and didn’t walk anyone. Bryan Mitchell followed him and also struck out three in two innings of work, giving up three hits.

The home Blue Jays weren’t able to muster up many runs despite 10 hits and Moises Sierra and Kevin Pillar went oh for one while Anthony Gose had an oh for three day and Kenny Wilson walked in his only plate appearance. The only real pitching prospect to pitch for the Blue Jays was reliever John Stilson who struck out the only batter he faced.

Visiting the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets sent Cesar Puello out to play and he went oh for one, hitting into a double play in his only at bat. Travis d’Arnaud started the game behind the plate and went oh for two while Cory Vaughn went oh for one in his only at bat. On the mound, Steven Matz threw a scoreless inning, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Logan Verrett gave up a run on two hits in his inning of work while Jack Leathersich surrendered four runs on three hits and a walk in just a third of an inning. Joel Carreno, signed as a minor league free agent this offseason by the Mets, threw a scoreless inning and a third, giving up a hit and striking out two.

The NL champion Cardinals fielded a veteran lineup but Randal Grichuk came into the game and hit a double and walked in his two plate appearances. James Ramsey went oh for one while Stephen Piscotty went oh for two. Kolten Wong went oh for two while Luis Mateo had a base hit in his only at bat. On the pitching side, righty Keith Butler threw a clean inning and a third with two strikeouts and Tim Cooney threw two clean innings with four strikeouts. Zach Petrick needed just 12 pitches to throw two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk while striking out one.

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