The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they've added six non-roster invitees to Spring Training. The new additions are Gerrit Cole, Michael Crotta, Ramon Cabrera, Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, and Robbie Grossman.
Of the group, only Crotta and Fryer have major league experience, both spending time in the majors in 2011. I don't see any of the group making the majors out of Spring Training. Cole will start in Bradenton, Grossman and Cabrera will likely start in Altoona, and Sanchez is coming off a down year, starting in either AA or AAA. Crotta would have a shot at the bullpen, and Fryer would have a shot at the backup catcher role, but the bullpen is already crowded, and Michael McKenry seems to be the obvious choice for the backup catching role.
The full list of Spring Training participants can be found here....
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