The Pittsburgh Pirates will have some interesting roster decisions to make next week. Two minor league players have out-clauses, allowing them to escape from their contracts on June 1st if they're not added to the major league roster. Those players are Doug Slaten and Jose Morales.
Slaten, a left-handed reliever, has been on fire in Triple-A. The 32-year old has a 0.36 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched. He gave up a solo homer in his first outing of the season, and hasn't given up a run since, spanning 24 scoreless innings. His ratios aren't the most dominant, but get the job done, with a 5.3 K/9, and a 2.1 BB/9.
Jose Morales, a catcher, has been getting most of the playing time behind the plate in Indianapolis. He has a .313/.384/.391 line in 64 at-bats. There's not much power, but he's hitting for average and getting on base at a good rate. The 29-year old has 218 career at-bats in the majors, with a .289/.365/.344 line, again with no power but good hitting skills.
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