I just received a copy of the Minor League Camp roster, listing every player who will be participating in the minor league portion of Spring Training. There could be some changes to this list, and not everyone has reported yet, with the reporting date being this coming Sunday. Some notes below the rosters.
* = Left Handed
# = Switch Hitter
Emmanuel De Leon
Zack Von Rosenberg
Mel Rojas Jr.#
-Noah Krol, Chase Lyles, and Cole White are not on the list. All three have retired.
-David Valesente was signed out of the independent leagues last month. He played third base last year, which would make sense as the Pirates lack third base depth. However, he’s listed as a catcher on the roster.
-The Pirates originally signed Wei-Chung Wang, a left handed pitcher out of Taiwan, last summer. He failed his physical after needing Tommy John surgery, and the contract was void. It appears the two sides reached a new deal.
-A few players are making the jump from the international leagues, although there’s no guarantee that they will stick in the United States. The players I noticed: Luis Campos, Roberto Espinosa, Aneudy Merejo, Andy Otamendi, Clario Perez, Edwin Espinal, Dilson Herrera, Elvis Escobar, Raul Fortunato, Harold Ramirez, Jesus Vasquez.
-Escobar and Ramirez were both big bonus signings last year. Both players will definitely be making the jump to the US for their pro debuts, playing in the GCL. Escobar received a $570 K bonus last year. He is related to Kelvim and Alcides Escobar. Ramirez received a $1.05 M bonus last year.
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