The Pittsburgh Pirates made their 40-man roster additions today, adding Austin Meadows, Dario Agrazal, and Luis Escobar to protect each player from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Meadows and Escobar were expected additions, while Agrazal was part of a larger group of players who were on the fringe.
Meadows was an easy choice to make, since he could have been in the majors this year if it weren't for injuries delaying his development. He should get another shot next year, with the hope that he can stay healthy and finish his development in the minors. He still remains in the plans as a future starter in Pittsburgh's outfield.
Escobar is one of the better arms in the lower levels, featuring some of the best strikeout ability in the system. He's got a few years of development remaining, wit...
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