The Pittsburgh Pirates made two more roster cuts after Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox. Pitcher Adonis Medina was optioned to Indianapolis and pitcher Austin Brice was reassigned to minor league camp. The Pirates are at 38 players on the active Spring Training roster, so they still need to cut ten more players before Thursday’s season opener. Teams will be allowed to carry 28 players to begin the season this year.
Medina struggled in his only Spring Training outing, allowing four runs while recording two outs. He was claimed off waivers by the Pirates back on March 16th. He has pitched 11.2 innings for the Philadelphia Phillies over the last two seasons.
Brice gave up 12 runs over three innings in four appearances this spring. He was signed as a minor league free two weeks ago. He had a 6.59 ERA in 13.2 innings with the Boston Red Sox last year.
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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.