The Pittsburgh Pirates released their Wild Card roster today, making the final decisions on who they will have available to them in tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants. The rosters are below, and thoughts on the rosters are below that.
Yesterday I posted a prediction for the roster. There were only two changes from that prediction to the current roster. The first change was Brent Morel over Chase d’Arnaud. I mentioned yesterday that the final spot looked to be down to Morel, d’Arnaud, Andrew Lambo, and Jose Tabata. It appears the Pirates are going with Brent Morel’s ability to play third base, rather than d’Arnaud’s ability to be a pinch runner. They do have a pinch running option off the bench in Polanco.
The other difference was Jeff Locke over John Axford. I thought that the Pirates would go with Bobby LaFromBoise over Jeanmar Gomez to give a third lefty in the bullpen. That’s what they did, although Locke over Axford gives them a fourth lefty. The Giants have a lefty-heavy lineup, and it appears the Pirates are loading up against that.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.