This spring the Pittsburgh Pirates invited 22 non-roster players to their major league camp for spring training. Now just under a month into the camp, 16 of them still remain with the big league squad. In this article I will breakdown the performance of each individual player going into Sunday along with, in my opinion, their chances of making the opening day roster.
First, I will start with the players who did not survive the first cut which occurred on March 5th.
Tony Sanchez - Tony really had no chance of making the team. Early in spring training teams always carry extra catchers so the pitchers can get their throwing in. Once the minor league camp opens then they need the extra catchers down there so the team will usually cut them first. Tony played one spring game hitting a double and striking out in his only two at-bats. He will be assigned to Altoona and continue his road to the majors which should happen sometime during 2012.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.