The Pittsburgh Pirates sent four of their prospects to the Rookie Career Development Program in Washington DC over the weekend. It's a four-day program for prospects which help prepares them for the next level, with everything from finances, to health, to handling the media. Now in it's 26th year, the program is run by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. A total of 109 players attended this year, and most teams send between 2-4 players each January.
The players who attended the program this year were infielder Max Moroff, and right-handed pitchers Dovydas Neverauskas, Edgar Santana and Clay Holmes. The timing of players attending is usually based on the year they will make their Major League debut, with occasional players like Moroff, who already got a small taste of ...
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