Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Spring Training Roster

I just received a copy of the Minor League Camp roster, listing every player who will be participating in the minor league portion of Spring Training. There could be some changes to this list, and not everyone has reported yet, with the reporting date being this coming Sunday. Some notes below the rosters.

* = Left Handed

# = Switch Hitter


Tim Alderson

Stetson Allie

Cliff Archibald

Nathan Baker*

Ryan Beckman

Matt Benedict

Victor Black

Colten Brewer

Jesus Brito

Jake Burnette

Colton Cain*

Fraylin Campos

Luis Campos

Eliecer Cardenas

Orlando Castro*

Kyle Cofield

Michael Colla

Jordan Cooper

Tyler Cox*

Jason Creasy

Brandon Cumpton

Emmanuel De Leon

Kevin Decker

Jose Diaz

Zack Dodson

Michael Dubee

Justin Ennis*

Jason Erickson

Roberto Espinosa

Zach Foster

Zac Fuesser*

Tyler Glasnow

Kris Harvey

Ryan Hafner

Luis Heredia

Jimmy Hernandez

Yhonatan Herrand

Clayton Holmes

Jeffrey Inman

Phillip Irwin

David Jagoditsh

Mike Jefferson*

Kris Johnson*

Robert Kilcrease*

Nick Kingham

Kevin Kleis

Brian Leach

Wilson Lee*

Jackson Lodge*

Cesar Lopez

Porfirio Lopez*

Mike Loree

Alex Lukashevich

Matt McSwain

Miguel Mendez

Aneudy Merejo*

Quinton Miller

Joan Montero

Eliecer Navarro*

Dovydas Neverauskas

Andy Otamendi*

Vincent Payne

Clario Perez

Logan Pevny

Aaron Poreda*

Josh Poytress*

Aaron Pribanic

Jhonatan Ramos*

Joely Rodriguez*

Casey Sadler

Isaac Sanchez

Rinku Singh*

Trent Stevenson

Hunter Strickland

Jameson Taillon

Brian Tallet*

Jason Townsend

Bryton Trepagnier

Zack Von Rosenberg

Tyler Waldron

Wei-Chung Wang*

Bryce Weidman



Dylan Child

Charles Cutler*

Elias Diaz

Francisco Diaz#

Kawika Emsley-Pai#

Samuel Gonzalez

Ryan Hornback

Jin-De Jhang*

Carlos Paulino

Jairo Marquez

Jonathan Schwind

Matthew Skirving*

Derek Trent*

Kris Watts*

David Valesente

Miguel Perez



Francisco Aponte#

Eric Avila

Yhonathan Barrios

Jorge Bishop

Kelson Brow

Jodaneli Carvajal#

Jarek Cunningham

Matt Curry*

Alex Dickerson*

Edwin Espinal

Jeremy Farrell

Brian Friday

Dan Gamache*

Benji Gonzalez

Elevys Gonzalez#

Walker Gourley

Alen Hanson

Dilson Herrera

Brock Holt

Justin Howard*

Jared LaKind*

Chris Lashmet

Drew Maggi

Kevin Mort

Gift Ngoepe

Greg Picart#

Ashley Ponce

Josh Rodriguez

Yunesky Sanchez

Adalberto Santos

Kirk Singer

Andy Vasquez#

Stefan Welch*



Calvin Anderson

Josh Bell#

Brad Chalk*

Evan Chambers

Miles Durham

Elvis Escobar*

Raul Fortunato

Wes Freeman

Alex Fuselier*

Willy Garcia

Dan Grovatt*

Rodarrick Jones

Andrew Lambo*

Quincy Latimore

Taylor Lewis*

Carlos Mesa

Candon Myles*

Gavi Nivar

Rogelios Noris

Anthony Norman*

Jose Osuna

Gregory Polanco*

Harold Ramirez

Mel Rojas Jr.#

David Rubenstein

Junior Sosa*

Luis Urena

Jesus Vasquez



-Noah Krol, Chase Lyles, and Cole White are not on the list. All three have retired.

-David Valesente was signed out of the independent leagues last month. He played third base last year, which would make sense as the Pirates lack third base depth. However, he’s listed as a catcher on the roster.

-The Pirates originally signed Wei-Chung Wang, a left handed pitcher out of Taiwan, last summer. He failed his physical after needing Tommy John surgery, and the contract was void. It appears the two sides reached a new deal.

-A few players are making the jump from the international leagues, although there’s no guarantee that they will stick in the United States. The players I noticed: Luis Campos, Roberto Espinosa, Aneudy Merejo, Andy Otamendi, Clario Perez, Edwin Espinal, Dilson Herrera, Elvis Escobar, Raul Fortunato, Harold Ramirez, Jesus Vasquez.

-Escobar and Ramirez were both big bonus signings last year. Both players will definitely be making the jump to the US for their pro debuts, playing in the GCL. Escobar received a $570 K bonus last year. He is related to Kelvim and Alcides Escobar. Ramirez received a $1.05 M bonus last year.

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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 AccuScore.com, 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.

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  • j1066

    Did the Pirates sign Miguel Perez or is that a mistake?

    • wtmiller

      Per BA, they signed him recently.

  • mikez09

    I’m sorry to see that Cole White retired. As a veteran of a foreign war, I couldn’t help but root for this kid. Thank you for serving, Cole!!!!

  • mikez09

    I’m sorry to see that Cole White retired. As a veteran of a foreign war, I couldn’t help but root for this kid. Thank you for serving, Cole!!!!

  • F Lang

    Did we release Tom Boleska?

  • F Lang

    Can’t wait to see what Dilson Herrera can do.

  • F Lang

    Ok. I just saw we released him last May. I missed that one. I was on vacation during that time. Almost a 4:1 K:BB ratio in the minors. Pretty good. He dominated in Indy ball after we got rid of him.  Guessing someone will grab him up to fill up a AAA or AA roster.

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