Pittsburgh Pirates Announce Non-Roster Invites to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced some non-roster invites on Monday morning. We gave a list of players invited during the winter mini-camp two weeks ago, but some have been added, including a new free agent signing.

Among the players not on our list, infielders Pablo Reyes and Cole Tucker, outfielders Jason Martin and Bryan Reynolds, pitchers Brett McKinney, Tyler Jones and Damien Magnifico and catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who is a new signing. Reynolds and Martin were the only two players traded for last week who weren’t on the 40-man roster. The other four in those trades get automatic invites due to their roster status. Magnifico was selected in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft.

There still could be more added before Spring Training begins.  The one absence from our list to this list is Montana DuRapau, which may be due to his 50 game suspension over the weekend. It wouldn’t be surprising if the suspension caused his invite to be rescinded.

Ryan Lavarnway is a 30-year-old catcher, who has played parts of six seasons in the majors, though he has played just six big league games over the last two years. He spent most of last year in Triple-A, where he put up a .668 OPS over 82 games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Lavarnway split the 2016 between Double-A and Triple-A for the Braves. Over his big league career, he has a .201/.262/.318 slash line in 140 games. He was once considered a top 100 prospect due to his power potential and his defense, which improved greatly from the time he was drafted. In 2012, he was voted the best defensive catcher in the International League.

This NRI announcement from the Pirates, also serves as the signing announcements for a few players. Jin-De Jhang and Casey Sadler were re-signed back in October as minor league free agents. We covered Tyler Jones and Bo Schultz back on January 5th. Schultz was at the winter mini-camp, Jones was not. It’s also the announcement for Jackson Williams re-signing and John Stilson signing, which we reported back on December 19th.

Here’s the full list (click to embiggen):




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Eric V

I can’t get over looking at that roster graphic and seeing infielders ‘NEWMAN’ and ‘KRAMER’ and thinking of Seinfeld.


Heh…John said – embiggen.


I’m very excited to get to see Tucker and the new acquisitions, and also my boy Newman, but I cannot overstate my excitement about DAMIEN MAGNIFICO.

dr dng

I would expect our PP coverage will include
everything on Bryan Reynolds in spring training
except when he goes poop. I would think he
may be the most followed player in the spring.


May I ask why you feel that way? I will not be disappointed if we didn’t read more than a paragraph!

dr dng

I want to see what we got for the
“face of the PBC.”


I think Moran is the one most folks will be focusing on. He’s the one who we’ll know soonest if he’ll pay off.


hey we finally got lavarnway. how fun

Peter D

I like the embiggen reference


I wonder if Keller didn’t receive an invite because with all the other pitchers, he won’t get any innings or if they feel its to early for him to get an invite?

Brian Z

goodness Tucker looks like he should still be in high school on that photo.


The Pirates have a pitcher named Dick Rod(riguez).




Lavarnway is an interesting guy. He put up a lot of big numbers first 3-4 years in minors then just fizzled to the point it almost seems impossible how much his hitting has tailed off.

Daniel D

A good camp could make him the opening day backup catcher. 140 games of ML experience will probably carry some weight with Hurdle.
Edit: Diaz is out of options so that greatly reduces Lavarnway’s chances.

Pete Cepulis

Same birthday as Sidney Crosby, 8/7/87. Obvious parallels


Yes. He has really declined. He put up huge power numbers and on base and k’d way less multiple seasons. You would think he would have at least been a .650 or so OPS guy in the MLB at least but it never happened. OPS per level: AA: .830, AAA: .785, Minors: .821 He hit everywhere he played until he was 27.


I’m just pumped for the Pablo Reyes breakout, to be honest

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