Kyle Lobstein to Start the Pirates Grapefruit League Opener

By Jason Shetler

According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kyle Lobstein will start for the Pirates in the Grapefruit League Opener on Tuesday against his former club the Detroit Tigers. 

The Pirates acquired Lobstein from the Tigers for cash considerations in December. The 26-year-old lefty pitched in 63.2 innings for the Tigers last season, posting a 5.94 ERA, although his Fielding Independent Pitching was lower at 4.64. Lobstein was able to induce groundballs at a 52% rate. He’s likely to begin 2016 with AAA Indianapolis since he has options remaining.

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