The Pittsburgh Pirates made another round of cuts on Tuesday morning, getting the active roster down to 35 players ahead of Sunday’s opener. They will also need to make decisions about Matt Joyce and Cory Luebke today, as both players have opt outs in their contract. Players on the 40-man roster are optioned to the minors and assigned to teams, while all non-roster players are reassigned to minor league camp. We will have more on these moves later, but for now, here are the seven players they cut this morning:
Optioned to Indianapolis
Reassigned to Minor League Camp
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.