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Pirates Cut Five Pitchers from Spring Training Roster, Including Roansy Contreras

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The Pittsburgh Pirates made five cuts on Saturday afternoon, as we reached the midway point of the 18-game Spring Training schedule. All five players are pitchers, including Roansy Contreras, who is rated by all top sources as a top 100 prospect in baseball. He was optioned to Indianapolis. The other four pitchers, Yerry De Los Santos, Enmanuel Mejia, Hunter Stratton and Blake Weiman, were all reassigned to minor league camp.

The 22-year-old Contreras pitched twice during Spring Training, allowing three runs in three innings of work. He pitched once for the Pirates at the end of the 2021 season, but he has just one game of Triple-A experience, as well as half of a season of Double-A work, so we probably won’t see him until mid-season unless a need arises before then.

The other four are all relievers, who were in camp on non-roster invites. None of them have any big league experience, and the Pirates still have a large group of pitchers competing for spots in the rotation and/or the bullpen. The regular season opens up in 12 days. MLB teams will have 28-man rosters to start the season. The active spring roster is at 48 players.

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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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