Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Spring Training Tracker

Today I uploaded the Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Spring Training Tracker to the site. This is the third year in a row that we’ve had the tracker on the site. Prior to Spring Training it will show all of the non-roster invitees who are invited to camp, along with the chances of each player making the Opening Day roster. Once Spring Training begins, the tracker will be updated any time a player is cut from camp, or whenever a player’s status changes.

Currently I project eight position battles in Spring Training. Those are the right field position, three bench spots, three bullpen spots, and two rotation spots.

The right field battle will be between Travis Snider, Jerry Sands, Jose Tabata, and Alex Presley. I think Snider has the inside track.

For the bench, I think two of the remaining outfielders will get bench spots. That’s especially true if Tabata or Snider don’t win the starting job, since they’re each out of options.

The starting rotation is up in the air right now. If the Pirates end up signing Francisco Liriano, there would only be one rotation spot remaining, and I’m guessing that spot would go to either Jeff Locke or Kyle McPherson. Jeff Karstens was just made official. If the Pirates don’t sign Liriano, I think Karstens will get one of the spots. I think the fifth spot will go to Locke or McPherson, no matter who is added from here.

I’ve got Jared Hughes, Tony Watson, and Mark Melancon as locks for the bullpen, and Jason Grilli as the closer. That leaves three spots open. Jeff Karstens will take one of those spots if he doesn’t win a rotation spot. There are some players who I feel have a stronger chance of making the team than others. Bryan Morris, for example, is out of options and seems like a lock to make it. I didn’t want to draw that line at Morris, because it’s more than him being out of options. I think he’s one of the best options out of the remaining players. Chris Leroux is out of options, and I’m high on him, although not as high as Morris. On down the line there’s Vin Mazzaro, then Jeanmar Gomez. Both are out of options. For now I just left all of those guys out. My guess is that Morris makes the team, but I’m not calling him a lock yet.

Click here to go to the tracker and bookmark it as it will be updated frequently.

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 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.

Pre-Order the Pirates Prospects 2013 Annual

Next Story »

Pittsburgh Pirates Playing in the World Baseball Classic

  • kevin21

    I’m thinking about going to the Bucks Spring Training next year so I am watching closely this year to see what events/days would be the best. Are there any other references I should check other than Pirates’ MLB page?
    -Kevin

Latest Analysis

  • Keller Supak Hinsz

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

    1 day 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?

    3 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

    4 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

    5 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

    7 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

    More