Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker

UPDATE 4/3/09: Sean Burnett, Donald Veal, Craig Hansen, and Jesse Chavez win the final spots.

UPDATE 4/1/09:
The Pirates cut eight players. The only spots not finalized are the bullpen spots. I still think Sean Burnett is a lock, but there is the possibility that he could be traded.

UPDATE 3/30/09:
The Pirates cut Andrew McCutchen and Brian Bixler. Luis Cruz upgraded to probable.

Update 3/28/09:
The Pirates cut Steve Pearce, Robinzon Diaz, and Anderson Machado. Jason Jaramillo is now a lock as the backup catcher. The five spots remaining are: #5 starter, final bench spot, and three bullpen spots (I’m still counting Burnett as a lock, even with the bad Spring).

Update 3/18/09:
The Pirates have cut Tom Gorzelanny and Jose Tabata from the major league camp, leaving 43 players in camp. The Pirates also cut Neil Walker, Brian Slocum, and Dave Davidson from the major league camp. The count is down to 40.

Update 3/16/09:
The Pirates have cut eight players, leaving 45 players in camp (which includes Phil Dumatrait now, although he will probably start the year on the DL).

Update 3/13/09:
Updated Craig Monroe as a lock to make the team. Removed the starting LF role from Nyjer Morgan.

Update 3/12/09:
Due to his horrible Spring, downgraded Tom Gorzelanny to yellow, which adds another “roster spot remaining”, since I had him slotted in the rotation. Also removed Phil Dumatrait from the count due to recent news that he will likely start the year on the DL. Also cleaned up the image below.

Update 3/9/09:
The Pirates have cut Romulo Sanchez, Daniel Haigwood, Miguel Perez, and Pedro Lopez. Changes have been made to the chart below.

Update 3/7/09:
I’ve added plans for a detailed Spring Training preview, including my thoughts on six specific battles and topics for the Pirates. You can find the list below the tracker. Be on the lookout for the articles in the next week (I will link to them from here).

Update 3/4/09:
With Spring Training underway, I’ve updated the tracker. A few changes:

-I downgraded a few of the prospects like Tabata and the McCutchens. I don’t really think these players have a chance of making the team out of camp, as that would start their arbitration clocks early.
-I added the status of the Locks, giving my opinion as to where they will play. I put Nyjer Morgan as the starting LF, but I’m not certain he will start there. I am certain he will make the team, and if he doesn’t start, he’ll be the fourth outfielder.
-When players get cut, I will label them as “CUT” in the red box. I developed this advanced labeling system in about two seconds.
-Check out the Projected 25-man Roster for my opinion of who will make the team.

Update 2/7/09:
Updated the options remaining.

2009 25-Man Roster Projection

2009 Spring Training Articles and Previews:

Back-Up Catcher: Jaramillo vs Diaz
Third Base: LaRoche vs Walker
Outfield: Morgan vs Pearce
Bench: Who makes the cut?
Rotation: Can they rebound?
Bullpen: What are the options?
Rotation Help: The Perfect John Grabow Trade


1. All status predictions are the opinion of this blog.
2. NRI stands for Non-Roster Invitee. These players are usually signed to minor league deals, with a chance to make the major league roster. They also include players who are in the Pirates’ system, but not on the 40-man roster.

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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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  • The Jello Phone

    Hope you don’t mind me linking to your stuff on the PMB.


  • Tim Williams

    Don’t mind it at all.

  • The Jello Phone

    Do you think Garrett Jones would be a more valuable backup/pinch hitter than Craig Monroe at this point?

  • Tim Williams

    The only real advantage I see is that Jones can play 1B along with the outfield. That’s not really much of a need, since Hinske or Pearce could step in at first if needed.

    Monroe has major league success, solid power, and the ability to be a .250 hitter in the majors. That average isn’t huge, but Jones is a .280 hitter at AAA, and hasn’t shown anything at the major league level yet.

    That last factor is what factors in to my decision. Jones may have the 1B option, but Monroe has the major league track record.

  • Fla Pirate

    I think you can pencil Danny Bautista in as a cut. He isn’t showing any improvement from his falloff in the end of the season. If we aren’t going to seriously chase Pedro Martinez, it doesn’t make much sense to keep him unless he suddenly gets dramatically better imo.

  • Tim Williams

    As far as cuts, I’m only putting those on the chart when a player is officially cut. There’s a lot of people I think will be cut (Bautista being one of them), but I’m waiting for the official word first. This also is due to the fact that it impacts the formula that calculates how many people are still in camp.

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