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Pirates Make Five Cuts, Including Cole Tucker and Jason Martin

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The Pittsburgh Pirates made five cuts on Tuesday morning, optioning shortstop Cole Tucker, outfielder Jason Martin and pitchers Aaron Slegers and Jesus Liranzo to Indianapolis. They also reassigned pitcher Alex McRae to minor league camp. The active spring roster now sits at 49 and can be viewed here in our Spring Training tracker.

Cuts were expected today with the minor league spring schedule beginning at Pirate City this afternoon. For guys like Tucker and Martin, the focus now shifts towards getting them at-bats before the Indianapolis season begins. Tucker hit .389/.450/.889 in 12 games this spring, but he had just 19 plate appearances. Martin also did well, batting .304/.304/.739 in 23 at-bats.

With Opening Day just 16 days away, and minor league games now being played, expect some more cuts throughout this week.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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.

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