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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Dimmick/100000318490900 Steve Dimmick

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

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com 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.

        • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

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

  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BZYN5QSGMBWVFATK7A2P65JUGQ 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.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Decker/100001316806211 Robert Decker

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

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