This weekend I uploaded the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Tracker to the site. This is the fourth 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 projection changes.
Currently I project four position battles in Spring Training. Those are first base, one bench spot, one bullpen spot, and one rotation spot.
The Pirates are expected to go with a platoon at first base, pairing someone with Gaby Sanchez. The two internal contenders for the job are Andrew Lambo and Chris McGuiness. It's still possible that the Pirates could trade for a first baseman, but if they don't make a move, I project the starter to be one of those two players. I have Sanchez listed on the bench, rather than first base, sin...
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.