The Pirates' outfielders are ready for the playoffs, but which players will be there for it? (Photo Credit: David Hague)
For the first time in a generation, Pirates fans will be paying close attention to the process of making a playoff roster. The expansion of rosters on Sept. 1 will be an interesting day to watch and see who joins the Bucs, but it's the day before that is critical to figure out who is most likely to appear in the postseason.
As such, we hope to answer some of the most pertinent questions you have about how the Pirates will put together what would be their first playoff roster in more than 20 years.
1. On August 31, each team will send a list of names to Major League Baseball for postseason purposes.
James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person.