We recently passed along word that Dmitri Young was going to have a tryout for the Pirates at the team’s spring training complex in Bradenton, Florida. The scheduled workout took place today, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com.
The slimmed-down Young fielded balls at first base and in the outfield, ran the bases and hit from both sides of the plate. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was in attendance and Singer hears that he “saw enough to remain curious.”
Young is now 38 years old and hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2008 as a member of the Nationals, so the best-case scenario is that he gets an invite to spring training. “Da Meat Hook” also recently worked out for the Phillies.
After scoring two quick runs against Astros starter Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday evening, the Red Sox offense threatened again in the third. J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts drew back-to-back two-out walks, bringing up Steve Pearce, who hits lefties quite well. With a 2-2 count, Pearce lifted an 81 MPH slider towards the Crawford Boxes in right field, a mere 315 feet away from home plate. Left fielder Tony Kemp, listed at 5’6″, ranged back, timed his jump and crashed into the scoreboard while holding onto the ball. The catch prevented two runs from scoring which would have extended the Astros’ deficit. Instead, the score remained 2-1.
Kemp’s catch will certainly be in the running for the best play of the postseason.