The moment Andrew told you about on Wednesday has arrived, ladies and gents: Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel are officially professional baseball players.
Technically, I guess they’ve been pros since they signed contracts with Pittsburgh, but now they can say that they have actually played in a game.
After their planned debuts were rained out for several days in a row, Rinku and Dinesh saw action for the first time on Saturday, pitching the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, for the GCL Pirates in a loss to the GCL Yankees. Rinku allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout; Dinesh’s frame was spotless, requiring nine pitches, seven of them strikes. Both featured a fastball that peaked around 83-84 miles per hour.
I have a feeling we’ll be keeping an eye on Rinku and Dinesh in the future, if only to see how far they end up going. (Really, is there anyone out there who thinks the Pirates shouldn’t call them up when rosters expand in September, and pitch them once or twice down the stretch? No harm in it, especially if Pittsburgh has nothing to play for.)