Spring Training doesn’t start until the middle of February, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are already getting their roster ready with minor league contracts and non-roster invitees. The tracker below can be used to keep tabs on which players have received invites to Spring Training, and the chances each player has of making the Opening Day 25-man roster. Once Spring Training begins, the tracker will be updated as players are cut from the major league camp, or as position battles become finalized.
-Projected roles are only provided for players who are a lock to make the team.
-All projections and statuses are the opinion of Pirates Prospects.
-The Pirates have a projected six spots open on the 25-man roster: three bench spots, one rotation spot, and two bullpen spots.
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Who can we consider the Bucs’ third catcher at this point, Jaramillo or Sanchez? Who will get the call if Snyder/Doumit is injured or traded?
The more I look at this the more I think that any fringe players with options have little to no chance of making the 25 man. Olsen will be in Indy rotation until Maholm is moved or injury. Pearce will be treated similarily. Bowker will be given a spot as will Charlie Morton.
Ascaino, Hart, and J Rodriguez look to be the only 40 man guys that could be lost .