Spring Training is over for the full season teams, but for players who will start the year in State College, the Gulf Coast League, or the Dominican Summer League, there's extended Spring Training. Extended Spring Training works similar to regular Spring Training in minor league camp. The team works out in the morning, then plays intrasquad games in the afternoon.
The following players are on the Pirates' extended Spring Training roster. They will start the 2012 season in either State College, the Gulf Coast League, or the Dominican Summer League. You may see some of these players show up on the Bradenton Marauders' roster when the Marauders need an injury replacement. Some of the veterans could show up in Altoona or Indianapolis to fill in for an in-season injury.
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