BRADENTON, Fla. After a morning of physicals and meetings, pitchers and catchers worked out for two-plus hours this afternoon at Pirate City.
At the end of the day, 18 pitchers threw bullpen sessions. Among the group were Ian Snell, Matt Capps, Tyler Yates, Donnie Veal, Ross Ohlendorf, Sean Burnett and Evan Meek.
The catchers laid 4-inch-wide white strips across the plate as targets outside edge, inside edge, low and down the middle. Capps looked very sharp, as did Ohlendorf. Veal and Meek flexed a little muscle and made some of the loudest pops in the catchers’ mitts.
• Jeff Karstens, who sat out minicamp with elbow pain, is slated to throw off the mound Sunday morning. It will be his fourth sideline session. “I’m throwing 25 pitches (per session) and the other guys are throwing 35,” Karstens said. “So I’m not that far behind.”
• Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus released his top 100 minor league prospects. The list includes three Pirates farmhands: Pedro Alvarez (No. 4), Andrew McCutchen (No. 25) and Jose Tabata (No. 91). The top three are Orioles catcher Matt Weiters and left-handers David Price of the Rays and Madison Bamgarner of the Giants.