The Pittsburgh Pirates opened the day by sending 13 prospects down to minor league camp, and announced five more moves after the game.
The Pirates optioned Liover Peguero, Jack Suwinski, and Tucupita Marcano to Triple-A, while reassigning Endy Rodriguez and Carter Bins to minor league camp.
Peguero going to the Triple-A roster is probably not his Opening Day assignment, though I could see Suwinski and Marcano opening the season in Indianapolis. Rodriguez should go to Greensboro, while Bins could go to Altoona or Indianapolis. Ultimately, I see Peguero spending the year in Altoona.
I wrote about all of these guys and their eventual return to the majors in this week’s premium article drop.
There are 53 players remaining in camp, so expect a lot more cuts to get down to 26 players. That could increase to 28, according to Joel Sherman:
Source: rosters almost certain to expand from 26 to 28 for most of April. No restriction on how many pitchers can be active in that period. Not finalized yet. But this is the plan right now.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 22, 2022
I guess we can expect 25 more cuts.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.