FCL Pirates outslug the FCL Red Sox
In the Florida Complex League, the FCL Pirates outslugged the FCL Red Sox 12-11. With the win, the FCL Pirates are off to a strong 6-2 start this season.
Even though the game finish with a score of 12-11, it was the starting pitcher who helped steal the show for the FCL Pirates. 2022 draft pick Michael Kennedy made the start, allowing a run, walking three batters, and striking out six in 4 scoreless innings pitched. Kennedy now owns a 1.23 ERA to go with 11 strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched this season.
The lefty was one of the highest ceiling players drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates last summer. This led to him getting a large over-slot signing bonus to get him to skip college and turn pro. Through two starts, the very early returns on Kennedy have been positive.
Catcher/first baseman Eybert Escalona went 2-for-5 with his 1st home run of the season, two runs scored, and two RBI. Australian import Solomon Maguire served as the DH and went 1-for-1 with a pair of walks, a double, and three runs scored.
Center field Jhonson Pena went 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored. Outfielder Braylon Bishop, one of the big over-slot signings from the 2021 draft, went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBI, and a run scored.