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 ...
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.