According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have released five minor league players. Pitcher Brandon Mann was mentioned here last week, while the other four players are new.
Pitcher Cameron Griffin, 23rd round draft pick from 2013. He spent last season in the GCL and was in Extended Spring Training this year. He's a 22-year-old lefty, who posted a 1.90 ERA in 18 relief appearances last year.
Beau Wallace, 21 year-old third baseman, who was a 12th round draft pick last year. He had a rough time at Jamestown last year and was demoted mid-season to the GCL, where he didn't do much better. He had a .417 OPS in 37 games.
Catchers Mitch Slauter and Mike Spano were also released. Neither played a game in the Pirates system. Both were signed as non-drafted free agents over the off-season....
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.