The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have come to terms with all 21 pre-arbitration players, which means the entire 40-man roster is now signed for the 2017 season. This announcement is just a formality, as the Pirates fully determine the salary for all of these players. Many of the players will end up with Indianapolis, in which case they will have their salary determined by the amount of years they have spent on the 40-man roster, which ranges between $43,250 for one year and up to $129,750 for their third year. Many of the other players will receive the $535,000 MLB minimum salary, or a pro-rated amount of that depending on how much time they spend on the 25-man roster. No actual terms were announced.

Here is the complete list of players who agreed to terms today:

Bell, Josh
Bostick, Chris
Brault, Steven
Diaz, Elias
Frazier, Adam
Glasnow, Tyler
Gosselin, Phil
Hanson, Alen
Holmes, Clay
Kingham, Nick
Kuhl, Chad
Light, Pat
Moroff, Max
Neverauskas, Dovydas
Ngoepe, Gift
Osuna, Jose
Rivero, Felipe
Schugel, A.J.
Taillon, Jameson
Webb, Tyler
Williams, Trevor

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  1. Since this is boring news: 🙂

    I liked this tweet from JD…..

    Pittsburgh #Pirates are ranked third for prospect pitching talent by MiLB. They ranked fourth for position players

    • Here’s what they said abut the pitching:

      3. Pittsburgh Pirates
      Tyler Glasnow’s time in the Minors may be nonexistent in 2017. The towering right-hander (above) has it all — one of the best fastballs in the game, a plus curveball, size and improving command. After making his Major League debut last year, baseball’s top pitching prospect (No. 8 overall) revamped his changeup in an effort to find a permanent spot in the Bucs rotation.

      Mitch Keller (No. 48) joins him in the Top 100, returning from a forearm strain in 2015 to make 23 starts for Class A West Virginia and one for Class A Advanced Bradenton last year and posting a 2.35 ERA.

      While he doesn’t have the stuff of Glasnow and Keller, lefty Steven Brault proved he can hang in the Majors with an eight-game stay last year. Nick Kingham could join him in 2017. After Tommy John surgery in 2015, he made 10 appearances last season, topping out with Double-A Altoona.

      One of baseball’s most interesting stories, Lithuanian-born Dovydas Neverauskas has thrived since moving to the bullpen two years ago and was an effective reliever in 47 games at the Minors’ top two levels in 2016.

      • Good stuff, thank you. Must have been written prior to Clay Holmes 2 innings the other day. Between Holmes and Kingham, Holmes looked much the better pitcher at this point.

        P2 does a nice job, but trying to figure how Erich Weiss and Mitch Tolman are rated much lower than Bostick and Joe in the P2 Top 50 – hard to look at the stats and come up with that outcome.

        Casey Hughston breaks out this year! He will either go to Hi A where Keoni De Renne is the hitting coach or AA where Kevin Riggs is the hitting coach. If he has the hit tool inside of him, those guys will find it.

        • There isn’t a big difference between Bostick and Weiss or Tolman, all three are rated 3.5 in the book. Bostick is higher ranked than Weiss because he is 1 1/2 younger with AAA experience and more versatility. He has the speed advantage and can play shortstop. Weiss turned 25 during the playoffs last year. Tolman is rated lower because he’s in Low-A and more of a risk.

          There is likely zero chance Hughston goes to Altoona. He has raw power, strong defense and speed, but his hit tool is horrible. He struck out 154 times in 400 at-bats. He needs to make some big strides just to handle Bradenton this year.

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