Look for pitching prospects in Fla. Southern game
Jim Leyland traditionally starts off the spring training schedule by pitching eight or nine guys for an inning each in the annual exhibition with Florida Southern College. This year, he’s going to do that with some of his younger pitchers in camp.
Leyland mentioned Andy Oliver, Casey Crosby and Drew Smyly among the guys who will pitch in Friday’s exhibition.
The starting lineup will include most of the regulars, who will get one at-bat before giving way to some of the younger position players.
The starting pitching schedule, Leyland said, is mapped out through spring training and beyond. He sat down with pitching coach Jeff Jones to work that out.
“We’ve got all the pitching mapped out through May, June, with one void there,” Leyland said.
The void, obviously, is for the fifth starter spot, which is open for competition here.