CLEARWATER, Fla. -- With less than a month away from Opening Day, the Pirates roster will start becoming more clear over the next several weeks. Yesterday, right-hander Gerrit Cole was reassigned to minor league camp. And it might not be too much longer before you start seeing more Buccos leaving the clubhouse as well.
The reason Cole was cut from big league camp? Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said it was because they ran out of innings for him. Competitions for certain positions will start to get closer as we inch closer to the end of spring training, and they only have nine-innings in each game to get everyone work in.
When evaluating spring training, Huntington said they don't just look at the players batting average, or the pitchers ERA. They dig a little deeper.