BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jonah Davis found out moments before the first pitch that he was going to be in the starting lineup for a major-league exhibition game.
That was crazy stuff for an outfielder who was the Pirates’ 15th-round draft pick last year from the University of California and spent his first pro season at rookie-level, short-season Bristol (Va.). He was brought over from minor-league camp for the day for depth purposes.
“It freaked me out a little bit,” Davis said with a smile. “I thought I was going to hang out in the dugout with the big-league guys and watch the game. I was really excited to get out there.”
Davis didn’t seem fazed by the circumstances as he hit two solo home runs while subbing for Starling Marte — a late scratch with lower-back tightness — in the Pirates’ 7-5 victory over the Orioles at LECOM Park.