The Pittsburgh Pirates had 16 players reach minor league free agency on Monday. Prior to yesterday, the Pirates were the only team able to negotiate with these players for a 2018 contract, but now all 30 teams are able to sign them. Two of them were covered here already in lefty relievers Wade LeBlanc and Dan Runzler. Both were dropped from the 40-man roster and sent outright to Indianapolis within the last week. The other 14 players are mentioned below along with notes on each one.
Brandon Cumpton - He finally pitched in 2017 after missing the previous two seasons due to multiple surgeries and looked decent despite the missed time. In 37.1 innings split between the top three levels, he had a 3.86 ERA, a 1.77 GO/AO ratio and 33 strikeouts, although the 1.55 WHIP was a little too high. Y...
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