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Pirates Prospect Watch: Carter Bins Leads Charge in Comeback Win Over Yankees



Pirates Prospect catcher Carter Bins

The Pittsburgh Pirates came back from down five runs to defeat the New York Yankees on Thursday. A big reason? The Pirates’ prospects, notably catcher Carter Bins.

Bins hasn’t received a ton of playing time this spring, entering play with just 11 plate appearances. Still, the 24-year-old has made the most of his opportunities and nothing changed on Thursday.

With the Pirates trailing by a run, Bins stepped to the plate for his first at-bat in the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Travis Swaggerty was standing on first base after driving in a run one batter prior.

Swaggerty, of course, has been on fire this spring. This time, it was his teammate who did most of the heavy lifting

Bins roped a double to left, plating Swaggerty and tying the game 5-5.

That wasn’t it for Bins, though. The Pirates’ prospect put the game on ice by doubling in a pair one inning later, putting the Bucs up by a score of 9-5. Bins finished the game 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.

On the spring, Bins is slashing .500/.615/.700, going 5 for 10 with three walks.

The Pirates acquired Bins from the Mariners in a trade that sent left-hander Tyler Anderson to Seattle leading up to the trade deadline in 2021. The backstop ended last season with Triple-A Indianapolis and gives the Pirates some depth at the position.

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In addition to Bins and Swaggerty, outfield prospect Sammy Siani drove in a run with a base hit to help aid the Pirates’ comeback.

Nick Gonzales, who is another Pirates’ prospect who has been having a strong spring, recorded another base hit. He finished the game 1 for 2 and raised his batting average to .381. Andres Alvarez also finished the game 1 for 2 with a run scored.

Right-hander Nick Dombkowski picked up the save after holding the Yankees scoreless in the ninth inning.


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