BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates made their first wave of cuts this afternoon from big league camp, sending down six prospects. The group included Kevin Newman, Jin-De Jhang, and four pitchers, led by Nick Kingham. All of the moves were inevitable, since none of the prospects sent out today had a shot to make the team. Some members of the pitching group could help this year, but they're having to battle with a lot of depth options who are still in camp.
"With each of the pitchers, none of them did anything to deserve to get sent out of camp," Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington said. "It just became a matter of innings with guys that are in competition to make our Major League team."
The best takeaway from camp is that Nick Kingham is healthy, and could be a second half option for ...
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