Pirates cut eight players

The Pirates cut eight players from their major league camp today, most notably Pedro Alvarez and Daniel McCutchen. Here is a list of the players who were cut, and their assignments:

-Pedro Alvarez
-Jimmy Barthmaier
-Jeff Sues
-Ronald Uviedo
-Steven Lerud
-Juan Mateo
-Daniel McCutchen
-Shelby Ford

Alvarez and Uviedo will start the season in Lynchburg, Sues and Lerud will start in Altoona, and the remaining players will most likely start in Indianapolis.

No surprises here. Alvarez will probably see a fast track through the minors, and will likely end up at AAA by the end of the year, if not the majors. Sues and Uviedo are both strong bullpen arms, and have a chance to crack the major league roster this year. Ford is in line to replace Freddy Sanchez when Sanchez departs, which is a possibility at the trade deadline.

I never expected McCutchen to make the team, due to not being on the 40-man roster, and due to Tom Gorzelanny, Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, and Virgil Vasquez being on the 40-man roster and competing for the final two spots.

You can check out the updated Spring Training Tracker for the players remaining in camp. Top prospects Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen have been playing well and are still with the major league team, although I don’t think either player will crack the Opening Day roster.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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