Pirates Cut Ten Players Including Grossman, Locke, and Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first big round of cuts today, sending five players down to minor league camp. The players who received the gray helmets in their lockers were Jeff Locke, Duke Welker, Mike Crotta, Robbie Grossman, and Logan Kensing.

Jeff Locke was optioned to AAA. Duke Welker was sent to AA. Mike Crotta, Robbie Grossman and Logan Kensing were all re-assigned to minor league camp.

More moves are expected later today.

UPDATE 7:44 AM: Two more cuts, as the Pirates send Rudy Owens and Chase d’Arnaud to AAA.

UPDATE 8:00 AM: Ramon Cabrera has been reassigned to minor league camp.

UPDATE 8:03 AM: The Spring Training Tracker is being updated as each move is announced.

UPDATE 8:08 AM: Anderson Hernandez and Tony Sanchez have been reassigned to minor league camp, putting the total cuts at ten.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

Pirates Notebook: Wilson to Start or Relieve?

Next Story »

Sanchez Working Hard to Bounce Back

  • Steve Dimmick

    is Grossman expected to start AA?  Why was he assigned to minor league camp?  Is that for A ball?

    • Tim Williams

      Minor league camp assignments just mean the player is waiting further assignment.

      • wtmiller

        I think the way it works is that 40-man roster guys have to be optioned to specific teams. So AAA or AA is specified for Locke and Welker, but the others are just reassigned.

        • Tim Williams

          That’s correct. I knew there was some method to it, I just couldn’t remember.

  • John Lease

    I thought Anderson Hernandez had a real shot at the team, and I’m really surprised Locke got cut this quickly.

    • wtmiller

      I thought Hernandez had a good shot, too, but I didn’t want to see him get the job. It looks like the bench now, assuming Alvarez doesn’t get sent to AAA, is Navarro or Harrison for one spot and Fox, Evans or Hague for the other.

      I’m not surprised to see Locke, d’Arnaud, etc., go now. They had no chance of making the team and they’ll get more playing time in minor lg. camp.

  • pirateswillwinin2012

    Hernandez, Locke, and d’Arnaud are surprises to me to be cut this early.

  • JohnDreker

    Locke is definitely a surprise to me this early. I didn’t expect him to be cut with three full weeks to go in the spring schedule. Especially not after Burnett got hurt. If you asked me about the Altoona Four last spring, I would’ve never guessed that two would possibly be relievers now and the other two would be cut this early in spring, and likely none of the four will make the opening day roster. That group took a collective wrong turn on the way to Pittsburgh. You can never have enough minor league pitching.

  • judy

    From what i saw last year, Locke and D’Arnaud are ways away from becoming even average bench players.  Locke might be able to compete for the 5th spot in our rotation at the end of the year but I didn’t see much to indicate he has the talent to develop into more.  The 5th spot appears to be his ceiling.  I think D’Arnaud is even further away and is the type of player, like Josh Harrison, who you call up to fill an emergency hole in the roster but you can’t ever expect a positive contribution over the long haul.  You don’t have to worry about affecting their development because they don’t have the tools necessary to develop into an average starter. 

    I also feel the same way about Brad Lincoln. He essentially has one plus pitch, one average pitch and nothing else.  How is that going to be successful as a starter?  I think we would be better off converting Lincoln to a middle reliever or constrain ourselves to the fact that as a starter he is merely 4A depth, like Nelson Figeuroa.

    • leadoff

      Agree on Lock and Lincoln, disagree on D’ Arnaud.
      I don’t have favorite players when it comes to them making the team or not, but from what I have seen of D’Arnaud, he is fast, has range and is fearless, he will steal a lot of bases. He was raw when he was brought up and showed a lot of flaws, but most of those flaws can be corrected, the SS for the Cubs is touted as all world and he had somewhere around 30 errors. The big question with D’Arnaud and the only question I have with him is, will he hit, even .250? The guy I think many are overlooking is Mercer, I see another Walker in this guy. I would not be surprised to see D’Arnaud traded, because the Pirates do have some fast defensive SS coming along anyway.

      • Bob

        You have to be on base to steal bases, he doesn’t get on enough.  

  • Robert Decker

    they made a bad move releasing Kevin Decker, I just hope he get pickup by a another team .

Latest Analysis

  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    17 hours ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    2 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    3 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    4 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    6 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    2 weeks ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles