Pirate City Notes: Minor League Rosters Starting to Take Shape

Wandy Rodriguez and Tony Watson will be over from major league camp today, as the Triple-A and Double-A teams take on the Phillies farm system. We’ll have bonus coverage tonight. Jessica Quiroli is in Clearwater, and will be providing some notes from the A-ball games on the road.

The Pirates made what appears to be their final cuts today. A lot of the moves are starting to impact the minor league rosters. Below I’ve got the daily lineups, pitchers, and the notes discuss how the rosters are shaping up.

Triple-A (Home)

Lineup: Darren Ford (8), Brett Carroll (DH), Clint Robinson (DH), Jerry Sands (9), Matt Hague (3), Jared Goedert (5), Jeff Larish (7), Adalberto Santos (4), Alex Valdez (6), Miguel Perez (2)

Pitchers: Wandy Rodriguez, Vic Black, Duke Welker, Brooks Brown, Kyle Waldrop, Kenn Kasparek

Notes: Wandy Rodriguez will be getting the start today, and probably pitching most of the game. This will be the first game for Welker since being sent down. I’d expect a few changes to the Indianapolis roster after today. Felix Pie should be in center field, moving Ford to the bench. Jordy Mercer and Ivan De Jesus Jr. will be the middle infield starters. That will push Adalberto Santos to Double-A, and Alex Valdez to the bench. Alex Presley will start in left, which will eventually push Jeff Larish to the bench.

Alex Dickerson is playing in left field today.

Alex Dickerson is playing in left field today.

Double-A (Home)

Lineup: Gift Ngoepe (6), Andy Vasquez (8), Matt Curry (3), Andrew Lambo (9), Alex Dickerson (7), Drew Maggi (4), Dan Grovatt (DH), Charlie Cutler (2), Justin Howard (DH), Yhonathan Barrios (5)

Pitchers: Tony Watson, Stolmy Pimentel, Tim Alderson, Nate Baker, Robbie Kilcrease

Notes: Tony Watson will be getting some work in, and will be followed by Stolmy Pimentel, who has looked good every time I’ve seen him. Pimentel will be a starter, and at this point it looks like he’ll be starting for Altoona. That’s not certain though, since he always seems to be pitching on days where major leaguers are starting in Triple-A. One interesting note here is Alex Dickerson starting in left field. Dickerson was drafted as an outfielder, but immediately moved to first base. Now that Matt Curry has been pushed down to Double-A, the Pirates will need to find time for both Curry and Dickerson. I’d imagine they’ll be the 1B/DH options during the season. The outfield will probably have Lambo, Grovatt, and Santos. Mel Rojas Jr. could also be an option, although today’s moves could push him back to Bradenton to start the year.


Lineup: TBD

Pitchers: Matt Benedict, Joan Montero, Quinton Miller, Tom Harlan, Lance Breedlove

Notes: No lineup announced today for Bradenton.


Lineup: Max Moroff (6), Dilson Herrera (4), Josh Bell (9), Stetson Allie (3), Wyatt Mathisen (2), Eric Wood (5), Jonathan Schwind (7), Raul Fortunato (8), Walker Gourley (DH)

Pitchers: Zack Dodson, Pat Ludwig, Josh Smith, Kyle Haynes, Kevin Kleis, Clario Perez

Notes: Wyatt Mathisen is finally down in West Virginia, where I think he’ll start the year. He’s been impressive with the bat this Spring. Jin-De Jhang has been with the short-season players for the last week, so at this point it doesn’t look like he’ll be in West Virginia. Jonathan Schwind playing left field is a bit of a surprise. Schwind has been a catcher since being drafted, and he was a super utility player in college. I don’t think left field is unfamiliar to him, but it’s a change for him from the time he entered the system.

Short-Season Intra-Squad Game

Lineup 1: Jodaneli Carvajal (4), Jimmy Rider (6), Harold Ramirez (8), Danny Arribas (2), Edwin Espinal (3), Kevin Ross (5), Candon Myles (9), Francisco Aponte (7)

Pitchers 1: Adrian Grullon, Hayden Hurst, Angel Sanchez

Lineup 2: Elvis Escobar (8), Ulises Montilla (4), Jordan Steranka (7), David Valesente (2), Luis Urena (9), Enyel Vallejo (6), Samuel Gonzalez (3), Maximo Rivera (5), Jin-De Jhang (DH)

Pitchers 2: Miguel Rosario, Melvin Del Rosario, Christian Santiago

Notes: I’ll probably be spending most of my time watching this game. The Pirates haven’t done a lot of short-season games, mostly due to the lack of position players. I haven’t seen a lot of these guys in game action, and some of them I haven’t seen at all (Enyel Vallejo).

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  • John

    Santos doesn’t have much to prove in AA does he?

    Seems like AAA will be mostly bad veterans instead of prospects in the field. AAA rotation could be really good though.

    I’m excited to see what Mathisen can do this year in WV.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

      John…agree…I’d like to see Santos in AAA.


      • http://battlingbucs.wordpress.com battlingbucs

        I would like to see him in AAA as well but with the way the Pirates have handled the major league roster they will have Presley, Pie and Sands starting in the OF and one of De Jesus or Mercer handling 2B. Those are Santos’s only position and with the overflow of corner infielders (Robinson, Hague, larish and Goedert) there really won’t be room for him at DH either.

  • http://www.ashevilleroadbowling.com hunter

    Any idea of about when they might set the rotations? I’m going to a couple of the WV games when they come to Asheville and would love to line them up to catch one of the starters like Heredia.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      They don’t really set minor league rotations like they do in the majors. It’s pretty much a continuation of camp. If it’s one guy’s turn on Opening Day, then he’s the Opening Day starter. So there probably won’t be much on the rotations until the season starts.

  • dr dng

    After the major league cuts, what are they going to do with all of those catchers and what level will each end up?

    And there are more behind them.

  • https://profiles.google.com/102480390229986490768 jej8283@yahoo.com

    So glad you specifically mentioned Vallejo. I have been dying for some info on him. He impressed me more than anyone when I was down at camp the first week of march (except maybe for the size of josh bell – the dude is physically imposing). Vallejo put on a BP show and looked real smooth during infield drills, but I couldn’t find anything on the guy when I got home.

    I’m very much looking forward to a report!

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