Crockett faces childhood friend Pinder, gets him out

Prospects have now been on field together at every level since Little League

Crockett faces childhood friend Pinder, gets him out

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Kyle Crockett saw a familiar face in the batter's box when he pitched against the A's in the eighth inning Monday. The Indians lefty was taking on Oakland infielder Chad Pinder, whom he has known since childhood.

For the first time, Crockett and Pinder squared off in a Major League game.

"It was fun," Crockett said Tuesday. "I was talking to him before the game and I asked if he was starting or anything. He said he doesn't usually get in until the eighth. I was like, 'Hey, I'm pitching the eighth. It'll be funny if we face each other.' And then I look over there and he was on-deck. It was fun."

Crockett's father Gary tweeted: "I've seen I've seen @Chiwilly92 & @CrockPott3 on the field together at every level now. #757 #SoProud #DieHappy."

The 23-year-old Crockett and 22-year-old Pinder are both products of Poquoson High School in Virginia. They lived down the road from each other and played with and against each other from Little League all the way through college. Crockett went to the University of Virginia and Pinder attended Virginia Tech.

In 2013, Crockett and Pinder were selected by the Indians and A's, respectively, in the First-Year Player Draft.

"We played travel ball together, Little League, high school," Crockett said. "We've been playing together for a long time."

Crockett came out on top in their first Major League meeting, inducing a groundout to third base from Pinder, who was at Class A Advanced Stockton last season for Oakland.

Pinder later tweeted: "Who would have thought 14 years ago that this would have happened #hegotmethistime @CrockPott3."

The Cleveland left-hander is hoping to someday face his buddy in a real big league game.

"Absolutely. I hope so," Crockett said. "I hope he can get there soon."

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.