Today is the start of mini camp for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Pirate City. The technical term is “voluntary workouts” or something like that, since they can’t officially call it “mini camp” anymore. However, that’s basically what is going on here, with the MLB players in camp through Friday, and the minor league players in camp for at least two weeks (and some will be here until Spring Training).
Below is the list of players who are either in camp, or expected to be in camp. The players with an asterisk aren’t in camp yet, but either have their name on a posted list or on a locker. Some of those players might show up late, and some might not show up at all. Last year there were a few players who never arrived, despite having lockers. There were other players who were only here for a day, such as Andrew McCutchen, who was in camp the second day. There are some players on the MLB side who haven’t received official invites to Spring Training. I’m guessing they’ll receive invites before camp begins next month. The list below includes recently signed Charlie Leesman, and Wes Freeman, who was re-instated from the voluntary retired list.
There are also other players who don’t have lockers, but are either listed in workout groups, or players that I’ve seen walking around (Castro, Jhang, and Holmes). Here are those players:
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I will be there! Hoep to get some good video/pictures. http://LetsGoMarauders.com
Wonder what McCutchen did in one day last year and will he last a whole day this year and what are they going to accomplish in 4 days this year? Do they have to take physicals? Are they there just so the Pirates can see what kind of shape they are in? Do they actually do something baseball related? Seems like a lot of money spent for very little to me.
It’s checking up on the players, they take batting practice, do some fielding drills, especially if a player is working on a new position. Someone like McCutchen comes from Fort Meade, so he is an hour away and drives in, stays at his house. Many of the players are there already, using the facility at Pirate City for rehab or training. Others live local, so there is no cost involved in bringing them in. It serves a lot of purposes, meeting new coaches is one, meeting new teammates is another. Some players do go down there and don’t leave.
No Barrett Barnes? Is he hurt again or still rehabbing from last year?
The minor league camp is missing about 100 players, so there shouldn’t be any surprises as to the players left off the list. Not everyone was asked to show up and some of the players were already there.
Thanks John – I would sure hope that guys like Barnes and Joe are there, assuming they are both now healthy. They both essentially missed all of 2014 (pro season).
They could be late arrivals as well. The minor league camp is for two weeks, while the major league camp is only four days
If I were on the major league side, camp would last 4 days and my stay in FLA would last till April. Man its ugly up here in Pit.
Where is Connor Joe?
He is out there somewhere, give the Pirates a free draft pick and they never seem to care what they get with it.