The Pittsburgh Pirates announced prior to Tuesday’s game that they have sent four players to minor league camp. That group includes infielders Liover Peguero and Malcom Nunez, as well as pitchers Kyle Nicolas and Jared Jones. There are now 62 players in big league camp.
We have re-assigned the following players to Minor League Camp:
INF Malcom Nuñez
INF Liover Peguero
RHP Kyle Nicolas
RHP Jared Jones
We now have 62 players in Major League Camp.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 7, 2023
We are still quite a distance away from any surprise cuts during big league camp. None of these players were competing for a big league job. Nunez, Peguero and Nicolas are all likely headed to Indianapolis. It’s possible the latter two open up back in Altoona, but they will be at Indianapolis at some point this season.
Jones should be opening the season in Altoona, after spending all of the 2022 season in Greensboro. He didn’t have the best results in the hitter-friendly park, but he did lead the system with 142 strikeouts in 122.2 innings last year.
All four of the players cut today are top 20 prospects in the system for most sources.
Peguero is the first cut from the 40-man roster. He was actually optioned to the minors today (non-roster players get reassigned), though the Pirates didn’t announce where yet. His starting point in 2023 can be different than where he’s optioned, so the missing info is not a big deal. The only other previous cut so far this spring was Termarr Johnson, and his early exit was due to a minor injury.
Opening Day is 24 days away, so there are plenty of rosters moves yet to be made this spring.
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A reasonable move for these young prospects to get to camp with the teams they will be playing with at least most of 2023. Like to see more position players moved and hold a lot of pitchers to get through ST.
sources saying Peguero and Suwinski heading to the Cubs for Ian Happ
That would be great – we could pick up Happ’s 10.85 mil salary for 2023 and he’s a FA at the end of 2023 – Is BC that dumb?
he picked $6m for Choi
No, Choi will be paid $4.65 mil for 2023 and we did not have to give up young high caliber prospects like Suwinski and Peguero to get Choi signed. If I am not mistaken, the Pirates traded a struggling young pitcher we got in the 4th or 5th round of the 2020 draft for Choi. Choi has been a dependable bat for the Rays.
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I was going to say the same thing that without the nifty picture lol
I’m kidding of course, I love b mc’s post!
Get him and then Kirilloff. Try to swing a trade for Austin Hendrick who now has a FV of 45 per MLB. Don Kelly as coach. Wonder if Brendan McKay is available?
You forgot Julio Urias