Pirates Add Five Players as Rosters Expand

The Pittsburgh Pirates added five players today, with a little bit of a surprise in the group. They added catcher Jacob Stallings, 1B/OF Jose Osuna, relief pitchers Nick Burdi and Dovydas Neverauskas, and IF/OF Pablo Reyes, who was added to the 40-man roster.

Stallings and Burdi were the most obvious recalls. Teams always add a third catcher when the rosters expand and Burdi is a Rule 5 player who needs to start accumulating days in the majors. Burdi was activated from the 60-day disabled list.

Osuna was one of the top choices along with with Max Moroff or Jordan Luplow. Any of the three would have worked for an extra bat. The same could be said about Neverauskas, who is just an added arm for the bullpen.

The only surprise is a small one. I mentioned just a week ago that the Pirates should take a look at Reyes this September, but I didn’t expect him up until the Indianapolis season was over. They are still competing for a playoff spot right now, which is why there are only five players being called up today and not more. If they fail to make the playoffs, then you’ll see more players added on Tuesday and that group could be bigger than this one. Reyes was hitting .289/.341/.435 in 110 games with Indianapolis. He can play three infield spots and in the outfield, but his best defense would be at second base.

As an added note, Sean Rodriguez has been released. He was designated for assignment earlier this week.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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