The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Saturday afternoon that they have added pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas and 1B/OF Jose Osuna to the 40-man roster. Both players would have been eligible for minor league free agency later this month if they weren't added to the roster.
Neverauskas made a huge jump late in 2015 after being sent to the bullpen. The 23-year-old from Lithuania, who was signed as an international free agent in 2009 for $60,000, appeared as though he stalled at Low-A before last July. As a starter from 2012 until early 2015, he showed signs of being a potential prospect, but his stuff played up much better in shorter outings.
Neverauskas had hit 95 MPH in the past as a starter and this Spring Training we had him sittin...
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