The big news out of the Black and Gold Intrasquad Game yesterday was that Jameson Taillon took the mound for the first time in a long time in a game of some sort. The results don't matter too much here (he faced nine batters, had three K's, and gave up a run); what does matter is that Taillon was on the mound, pitching to live batters in actual game situations. The 2016 edition of Baseball Prospectus put his injuries in context: "While Bryce Harper and Manny Machado enjoyed seasons that solidified them as two of the best players in the majors, the pitcher drafted between them endured another lost year." While it's been a bit delayed, he's been a part of the Pirates' future plans for a long time now and still most definitely is, being one of the top 100 prospects in baseball despite the injuries. Hopefully he can turn out to have a big impact on the big league club like Harper and Machado in a short timeframe, as the McCutchen hourglass is slowly draining sand.
Tyle Glasnow was the other starter in the game. Hopefully, either him or Taillon show enough at AAA this year to warrant a June callup. It's likely that either injury or poor performance (I don't think it's a difficult prediction to make that Jeff Locke and/or Ryan Vogelsong will struggle at some point during the season) will result in the Pirates needing some starters in the Majors; it remains to be seen whether it will be one of these two players, or fill-ins from the bullpen like Juan Nicasio (who historically has only really had success as a reliever).
Spring training games against other teams start within the hour, with the Pirates making the hour long drive up to Lakeland to take on the Tigers. Go Bucs!