Analysis

First Pitch: 18 To Go

First Pitch: 18 To Go

After today's round of cuts, the Pirates are left with 43 active players in camp, just 18 cuts away from their Opening Day roster. The Spring Training tracker has been updated with the players who are still in camp, including an update to the chances for each player to make the team.

By my estimates, there are 19 players who have locked up roster spots. There are two more players who will start the year on the disabled list. That leaves 24 players in camp who are competing for seven spots.

I don't think the chances are good for the non-roster players. There are 13 remaining, and the only ones I see having a shot at the team are Juan Cruz, Nick Evans, and Jake Fox. Of those three, I think Cruz has the best shot, potentially taking a bullpen position.

Out of the guys remaining on the 40-man roster, I feel that if they're on the roster at this point, they've got a legit shot at making the team.

The middle infield bench spot looks to be between Josh Harrison, Yamaico Navarro, and Jordy...

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