Pirates cut seven, roster almost set

The Pittsburgh Pirates cut seven players today, according to Rob Biertempfel.  Those players were Brian Bass, Vinnie Chulk, Jeff Karstens, Steven Jackson, Jeremy Powell, Anthony Claggett, and Luke Carlin.  The Spring Training tracker is updated with the cuts.  These cuts pretty much mean that the Pirates’ 25-man roster is almost set. There are only seven healthy bullpen options remaining in camp, with Jose Ascanio...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 3/29

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker. BRYCE HARPER Harper continued to destroy JuCo pitching this weekend, going 7-for-14 with four homers, three walks, and two strikeouts.  In the month of March, Harper is hitting for a .535/.648/1.233 line in 43 at-bats.  What is more impressive is that he has a 6:12 K/BB ratio, and has hit a homer once every...

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Upcoming 40-man roster moves

With Spring Training winding down, there will be a lot of roster shuffling this week in order to set the final 25-man.  We already saw Hayden Penn claimed and Brandon Moss designated for assignment today.  My current 25-man roster projection still has two more moves that would need to be made to add the likes of D.J. Carrasco and Jack Taschner, or whoever gets the final bullpen spot (it’s guaranteed to be a player that...

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Pirates claim Hayden Penn

UPDATE 3:10 PM: The Pirates have designated Brandon Moss for assignment, according to Jennifer Langosch.  The Pirates now have ten days to trade, waive, or release Moss.  Moss will most likely be claimed via waivers, although there’s a chance the Pirates work out a trade with someone who wouldn’t normally get him through the waiver process.  The 40-man roster/payroll projection is updated with the addition...

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Reason for concern with Ross Ohlendorf

After today’s outing against the Tampa Bay Rays, Ross Ohlendorf has a Spring Training ERA of 9.82 in 14.2 innings, with a 6:7 K/BB ratio, 4 homers allowed, and 25 hits. But this isn’t about Ohlendorf’s Spring Training numbers.  Good or bad, I don’t put much stock in to Spring Training numbers.  This is about Ohlendorf’s 2009 season, in which he led the Pirates rotation with a 3.92 ERA. Ohlendorf...

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