Notes: Non-Roster Invitees, Bryce Harper, 2010 Draft

A few brief notes…

-The Pirates added three more non-roster invitees to Spring Training today, according to Dejan Kovacevic. Those three players are shortstop Brian Friday, infielder Doug Bernier, and catcher Hector Gimenez.  None are really expected to compete for a roster spot, and only Friday has a future with the team.  The Spring Training tracker is updated with the additions.

Bernier is new to the organization.  He turns 30 in June, and has just four at-bats in the majors, with no hits.  He spent seven seasons in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system, combining for a .277/.388/.396 line in 670 at-bats at the AAA level.  In 2009 he signed with the New York Yankees and hit for a .181/.305/.238 line in 227 at-bats at the AAA level.  At best he will be a bench player for the Indianapolis Indians, assuming he sticks with the organization after Spring Training.

-Bryce Harper makes his debut tonight for the College of Southern Nevada.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the number two pick in the 2010 draft, and could be in position to take Harper, depending on whether the Nationals pass on him.  For those of you up late tonight, you can listen to the broadcast of the game here.  I’ll be uploading my Bryce Harper tracker tomorrow.

-Speaking of the 2010 draft, I’ll also be uploading other prospect trackers next month as the rest of the season begins.  There are two guys I’ll focus on heavily for now.  Those two are Harper, and my personal favorite, Anthony Ranaudo. I’ll have a tracker for several other players, but not as much detail as I’ll have with Ranaudo and Harper.  As players emerge to potential number two pick status, I’ll add more information.  This avoids the situation I ran in to last year with dedicating a lot of time to guys like James Paxton, who started the year as top prospects, and who fell to the point where they were more likely to be second round picks, rather than first round guys.

Tim Williams

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-YaZhynka/100000448392567 Richard Ya’Zhynka

    Tim,
    Would you want Locke/Owens in the starting rotation rather than Lincoln?
    I think Fox should be promoted immediately. The team’s biggest need is power and he has 20 homeruns in about one full season’s worth of MLB plate appearances. Do you think he could handle the samll right-field at PNC Park?
    Is Jose Morales an option at catcher? In 250 career MLB plate appearances he has a .269 BA and a .365 OBP. He has zero power, but he has shown the ability to get on base.
    Richard

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-YaZhynka/100000448392567 Richard Ya’Zhynka

    Sorry. I didn’t read your statement on Morales before writing my previous comment.

  • leadoff

    I agree that Fox should be up with the major league club, he is doing well and is the type of player they need on their roster at this point.
    I think the pitching staff of the Pirates will still have to be sorted out before they bring anyone up from the minors.

  • wtmiller

    Doesn’t Morales have an out clause that comes into play in June 1? I’d like to see him available as an option in case Barajas continues to put up these horrific numbers, but it’s not time just yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-YaZhynka/100000448392567 Richard Ya’Zhynka

    Justin Wilson pitched another very good game for Indianapolis today. 6 innings, 3 hits, 6 Ks, and, most importantly, only one walk.