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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Pirates Make Room in Indianapolis for the Prospects

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted eight players from the Altoona Curve after their season ended on Sunday. Indianapolis still has ten games left, so they got a boatload of prospects for the final stretch. There had to be room made for those eight players, so the Pirates had to make some roster decisions. Both John Nogowski and Ka’ai Tom were released on Monday. They also reassigned Luis Hernandez to the FCL, and Ethan Paul has been added to the development list. They didn’t have a full 28-man roster prior to today, so they didn’t need to make a total of eight moves, but there still could be two more on the way, or the starting pitchers could be added when it’s their turn to pitch because the roster now sits at 30 players. The Pirates could also have taxi squad players in Cincinnati, who wouldn’t count against the 28-man active roster.

The list of new players (see link above for details) is:

Oneil Cruz, Roansy Contreras, Cal Mitchell, Rodolfo Castro, Mason Martin, Canaan Smith-Njigba, Yerry De Los Santos and Osvaldo Bido.

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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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