The Pittsburgh Pirates released two lower level minor league players on Monday. That brings their total to 17 players released over the last week. With 37 players signed during the 2017 draft and 23 international players invited to the Fall Instructional League this year, it was inevitable that a lot of lower level players would get cut.
The players released on Monday were infielder Nelson Jorge and pitcher Claudio Scotti. We normally wouldn't post an article in this situation, waiting for some other type of transaction to happen and packaging these players in with that article. Jorge has played four seasons in the lower levels and never showed any signs of why the Pirates took him in the seventh round in 2014 and gave him a six-figure bonus. He was drafted as a shortstop and played a t...
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