The 2017 winter mini-camp began Monday for the Pittsburgh Pirates down at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. It’s four days of voluntary workouts for players on the 40-man roster. No one from the 40-man roster is required to show up, but a many of them will be there for at least one day, while some will spend all four days there. You will also see a lot of players who were Non-Roster Invites in attendance, getting a jump on their season. There will also be some minor league players in attendance. Some of them will be invited players, while others will be getting an early start on their Spring Training.

Tim Williams has been providing live coverage of the event and will be there all four days. Here we have a discussion thread posted for the minor news of the day. It will be updated throughout the morning and early afternoon. Anything bigger, such as an interview, breaking news or videos from the day, will be posted in separate articles.

Here are some of the notes from day one and day two, while we will add any notes from today throughout the morning:

**The first bit of news on Monday was that the Pirates announced the non-roster invitees to Spring Training. The list included 19 names and also noted that Danny Ortiz has been brought back on a minor league deal. If you’ve been following the winter league coverage, you already know he had quite the off-season in Puerto Rico, winning the league batting title and leading the league in OPS. He’s currently taking part in the playoffs.

**Tim Williams talked to Austin Meadows on Monday about his injuries and his future. The First Pitch article from Monday night included videos of Meadows in the batting cages, along with video on Josh Bell hitting and taking grounders.

**Tuesday featured Casey Sadler and Angel Sanchez throwing bullpens, as they make their way back from Tommy John surgery. The First Pitch from last night has videos of both players, as well as an update on Brandon Cumpton.

**Neal Huntington talked to the media on Tuesday about various topics, which can all be found here.

**Wednesday saw the arrival of Nick Kingham at mini-camp. The Pirates expected a total of 37 players to show up on the Major League side of mini-camp, and now only Gregory Polanco has yet to make his appearance. Of those 37 players, 20 are on the 40-man roster, and 17 are non-roster invites to ST.

**The last three days we have posted about Pirates being rated among the top ten players at their position by Buster Olney. Starling Marte ranked second for left field, Andrew McCutchen was fifth for center field and Gregory Polanco was seventh for right field. Catchers came out today and Francisco Cervelli missed the top ten, falling in the Honorable Mention category instead. His low slugging percentage was cited as the main factor for his drop. He was fourth at this time last year for Olney.

**We have a Josh Bell article coming up later today. More news to follow, so check back for updates and feel free to discuss any Pirates topic in the comments.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. I wish we could start a poll for two questions:
    – Would you like to see the Pirates
    A. Trade for Quintana
    B. Sign Jason Hammel
    C. Sign Tyson Ross
    D. Stand pat with the pitchers they have
    – Assuming they trade two of our top five prospects (Glasnow, Bell, Meadows, Keller, and Newman) for Quintana, which two would be the least painful to lose?

    • I’m so in the fence about trading for Quintana, so my answer if they do Glasnow, Newman and anyone not name Meadows or Bell or Osuna (haha)
      My preferred will be sign someone like Ross if he works out great, we get a comp pick next year, if not he will give Glasnow time in AAA to fine tune whatever he needs.

    • Honestly, at this point I’d like to see them keep the prospects and sign a Brett Anderson or Trevor Cahill and trade Bastardo and maybe even Hughes if they can.

    • 1. I’d sign a lower-priced SP. But if I have to pick from the options presented I’d pick D. Unless I could get Hammel for $8M per. $12M per? Pass.
      2. Newman for sure. Least upside. Then maybe Keller just because he’s farther away and for all Glasnow’s issues, he still has definite #1 upside.

    • I’d prefer they trade for Quintana, but I do not expect it will happen. I wouldn’t give up Meadows or Keller in the deal, but would sacrifice any of the other 3 to acquire him, just not all 3.

    • reply
      1. If Cole looks healthy I am in favor of D since Quintana price is reportedly “three elite prospects.”
      2. If a trade were made Keller and Newman would be the least painful for me.
      I would consider Ross or a trade for another starter with a package made up of a mix of Watson, Harrison, Bastardo and prospects from the 6-25 pool.

    • I would choose D if Cole looks good to go. Then look at Cahill or Anderson as lower cost partial year additions. From there i would go C, B and wouldn’t consider A. Quintana isn’t worth the prospects and money together. Not when we are talking MLB talent or very close to MLB talent. Meadows, Bell, Tallion and Glasnow will not combine to make what Quintana will cost and all with be in the burgh this year.

    • Would prefer B and/or C with the required budget adjustment. Don’t see ownership footing that bill, however. Next choice is B. Be Nike. Just Do It!

    • Stand pat, but I’d trade Glasnow and Newman, with the hope that Tucker can fill the void. I would add to those 2 a top 15 or so for Q, but of course the sox want much more. Add a reclamation SP but Ross is too much $.

    • Glasnow and Newman…
      Add Frazier trade for Quintana
      You replace glasnow in trade, with Newman we have internal options with Tucker and Kramer.

      White sox get a major league ready bat(Frazier), a top SS prospect,and a arm to replace, possibly, Quintana or dare say Sale maybe.

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