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Ciriaco optioned; Rodriguez, Bowker make team

Ciriaco optioned; Rodriguez, Bowker make team

Dave Arrigo, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates roster is starting to take shape, and very few question marks remain after a couple announcements following today’s win against the Rays. Pedro Ciriaco has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, meaning Rule 5 pickup Josh Rodriguez has earned a spot on the 25-man roster as a reserve infielder. Both players had pretty strong springs, making the choice a difficult one. Ciriaco hit .333/.326/.429 in 42 Grapefruit League at-bats, while Rodriguez hit .303/.410/.394 in 33 at-bats. The final decision likely came down to roster management and Rodriguez’s vastly superior minor league track record. As a Rule 5 pick, Rodriguez would likely be lost if he did not make the team, while Ciriaco had an option remaining. Rodriguez is also coming off a very nice season in the Cleveland Indians’ system, hitting .298/.379/.485 in 442 plate appearances split between Double-A and Triple-A. Ciriaco, on the other hand, hit .265/.281/.387 in 502 plate appea...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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