Pirates release 12 minor leaguers

The Pittsburgh Pirates released 12 minor league players this past week, according to Baseball America’s minor league transactions report.  Those players were: RHP Brad Clapp, RHP Diomedes Garcia, RHP Edgar Gutierrez, RHP Papiro Juan, RHP Ricardo Paulino, RHP Rafael Quintero, LHP Andres Santos, C Jesus Aguilera, 3B Carlos Silva, OF Jeff Corsaletti, OF Gemmy Gonzalez, OF Ciro Rosero I reported last week via Twitter that I had...

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Pirates cut Kratz, Jaramillo the backup catcher

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut catcher Erik Kratz, making it official that Jason Jaramillo will open the season as the backup catcher behind Ryan Doumit. Officially there are five spots that remain open on the 25-man roster, although Delwyn Young is a lock for a bench spot, D.J. Carrasco is a lock for a bullpen spot, and John Raynor and Hayden Penn have good chances of making the team, as the Pirates...

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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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