Pirates Make Five Cuts, Including Cole Tucker and Jason Martin

The Pittsburgh Pirates made five cuts on Tuesday morning, optioning shortstop Cole Tucker, outfielder Jason Martin and pitchers Aaron Slegers and Jesus Liranzo to Indianapolis. They also reassigned pitcher Alex McRae to minor league camp. The active spring roster now sits at 49 and can be viewed here in our Spring Training tracker.

Cuts were expected today with the minor league spring schedule beginning at Pirate City this afternoon. For guys like Tucker and Martin, the focus now shifts towards getting them at-bats before the Indianapolis season begins. Tucker hit .389/.450/.889 in 12 games this spring, but he had just 19 plate appearances. Martin also did well, batting .304/.304/.739 in 23 at-bats.

With Opening Day just 16 days away, and minor league games now being played, expect some more cuts throughout this week.