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.