The Pittsburgh Pirates announced after Sunday’s game that they have reassigned pitcher Angel Perdomo and IF/OF Miguel Andujar to minor league camp. That trims their roster to 36 players, though that number includes Chris Owings, who had an opt out yesterday, but decided to accept an assignment to Indianapolis instead after being told he won’t make the Opening Day roster.
We have reassigned LHP Angel Perdomo and OF Miguel Andujar to the minor leagues.
There are now 36 players remaining in big league camp.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 26, 2023
Andujar was designated for assignment over the winter, but he cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Indianapolis. The Pirates agreed to a $1.525M contract with him for 2023, which likely helped him clear waivers, and in turn they were able to keep him in the system. He hit .195/.244/.366 in 45 plate appearances this spring, which is the sixth highest total of PA’s for the Pirates.
Perdomo was vying for a lefty spot in the bullpen, but he allowed eight runs over 9.2 innings this spring. He made ten appearances, finishing with nine hits, five walks and 13 strikeouts. He was limited to just 34 minor league innings last year, though they came with a 1.85 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP and 56 strikeouts. He had brief big league time with the 2020-21 Milwaukee Brewers.
Opening Day is just four days away, so expect more cuts soon.
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Anthony Volpe and Kordan Walker make opening day rosters. Endy doesn’t. Cardinals and Yankees could end up with extra draft picks. Pirates can’t.
not the best comparison catcher position is not one you just give a try—impacts every pitcher
If we were competing for a playoff spot like these teams, then it would be a problem. But a marginal chance at a playoff spot vs an extra year of control for a guy without much upper minors experience is a clear choice for the team we have right now
That decision was partially made two years ago when they kept Rodriguez in A Ball all year even though his OPS was almost .900. Then last year over 300 AB in A+ even though he was well over .900 OPS.
Both Jordan Walker, No. 4 MLB Prospect, and Anthony Volpe, No. 5 MLB Prospect, had over 400 AB’s above A+ in 2022. Endy, No. 55 MLB Prospect, had about 140 AB’s above A+. So, Endy should share equal numbers of AB’s in AAA and MLB in 2023 which will only be his age 23 season. His MLB Clock will not start until 2024.
The Pirates have exhibited a knack for landing players in the Amateur Draft, in the IFA market, and in trades. Right now, they need to start thinking how they can keep key players longer. The Pirates have to try to sign Oneil Cruz – if that does not happen this year, Endy could be the first position player extended by the Pirates.
Slow walking players up the ladder is what good organizations do. You’re not going to be handed a job with the Yankees or Dodgers unless you’ve forced them to do so. We keep moaning about how everyone seems to succeed AFTER they’ve left the Pirates. You bring up a player who isn’t ready, spend 2 years on the job training. Then give up. Repeat for 30 years.
OD roster spot is important. Don’t get me wrong. But in all likelihood the bench and MIRP roles will have a ton of roster churn this season. Between injuries and crappy play, most if not all of these late ST roster cuts will get plenty of opportunities in Pittsburgh this season.
They both had enough shots.
Say a few thousand bar tenders a night.
Is Joe ok?
We’ll know within 24 hours, I bet.
I’m uninformed or more likely forgetful. What happened to Joe?
Hit in the hand by a pitch.
I saw he got hit on the hand today but didn’t watch the game. I wasn’t sure if there was an update.
The immediate update was day-to-day
Hopefully more like Arrenado’s HBP than Altuve’s this Spring.