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Bucs cut eight, including Hart

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Kevin Hart was among eight players cut by the Pirates on Tuesday morning. Hart was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, which would seem to take him out of the running for the fifth spot in the rotation. Though nothing has been announced as of now, it’s expected that this means Daniel McCutchen will be the Pirates’ fifth starter to begin the season.

Chris Jakubauskas and Neil Walker were also optioned to Triple-A this morning. Brian Myrow, Brian Burres, Wil Ledezma, Jean Machi and Hector Gimenez reassigned to Minor League camp.

There are now 37 players in Major League camp.

UPDATED at 9:12 am:

Here are some quotes from GM Neal Huntington:

On Hart being optioned: “There’s going to be a lot made that he lost the fifth starter job. We’ve got one start between now and April 24 when our fifth starter will be used. Kevin Hart has some work to do. We’re excited about the potential. We love the stuff. He didn’t pitch well this Spring Training, and as of now, Daniel McCutchen outpitched him and will be our starter for April 11. Daniel has a chance to put a stranglehold on the job with what he does between now and April 11, what he does on April 11, and we he does after. It means that Kevin Hart has some work to do. We’re excited about his upside. We felt it was best to take him out of camp right now to be able to solidify some things mechanically and be able to get him to trust his stuff and make it play at the Major League level at some point for us.

“It’s not all mental. It’s the passion and the desire to do well that sometimes inhibits the mechanics. We’re making a lot out of a pitcher struggling this spring. In Kevin’s situation, it’s a matter of getting the emotions and the adrenaline out of the way.”

On what McCutchen showed this spring: “We talked about it coming in that we had a competition with those two. Daniel stepped forward. He’s shown an average to solid Major League fastball. The slider is a good improvement for him this year. He’s got an above-average Major League changeup with quality command. That’s a good Major League pitcher. Daniel has earned this opportunity and what he does with it decides where we go from here.”

On plan for Walker in Triple-A: “Neil’s going to be one of those players who has the opportunity to become an everyday big-leaguer by being a role player initially. He’s going to get time at third, time in the outfield, time at first and, as we get comfortable, some time at second base. He’s had a great approach this spring. He just wants to help the Pittsburgh Pirates win. He’s maturing with the bat. He’s not giving away the at-bats we’ve seen in the past, and his work has been outstanding. He’s bounced around the field, taken balls off the bat with two different groups, then hit with the third group. It’s a lot of work, and Neil’s really stepped up this spring.”

On plan for Jakubauskas in Triple-A: “He may need to come up and make some starts for us. He needs to go down there and build some arm strength. We didn’t see the same arm strength this spring as what we saw with Seattle. There’s a difference there. It’s a couple miles an hour, but it’s made a difference for Chris.”

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Day 4: Daily Squeeze

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Sanchez,T (2) 02-20 _230.jpgOne thing I learned in journalism school was that you know you’ve done your job as a reporter when you have so many notes for one story that you are forced to throw three-fourths of them out because you don’t have enough space. That was close to the case this afternoon as I was working on a feature about Tony Sanchez, the Pirates’ first-round Draft pick last year.

First off, Sanchez is a delight to talk with. Very engaging. Very cordial. Seems genuinely appreciative for the chance to be at Major League camp. But the praise he has already been receving from others was what really struck me. You’ll find much of that in the story on the main pirates.com site shortly.

But because I wasn’t able to use half of the information I collected, I wanted to share one thing from Sanchez that didn’t make it into my main story. We got to talking about his opportunity to join the high-A Lynchburg team at the very end of its season (Sanchez had been playing for low-A West Virginia) just in time to help the team in the playoffs.

Yes, he talked about how neat it was to win the Carolina League Championship. But Sanchez spent most of the time lamenting the fact that because he got called up for the playoffs, the catchers who had helped Lynchburg get there were forced to sit on the bench:

“It wasn’t the position I wanted to be in, though I know it’s a business now. Those catchers have caught those guys for 142 games. They were putting in the work to get to the playoffs. Then I showed up and ended up catching the playoffs. It was kind of bittersweet. I loved to move up and I loved to help that team win a championship, but I know that those catchers had worked so hard for their team to get to the playoffs. I kind of felt bad. But I did whatever I could to help them win.”

This seems to speak to Sanchez character very much. With him, you’re not going to find a guy who feels entitled to anything even though he was a top Draft pick. He wants to earn everything. And he wants to do things right.

Anyways, here’s the rest of your daily squeeze:

  • Gorgeous day here at Pirate City. First real good weather day yet.
  • The 16-pitcher group that threw side sessions on Friday were back throwing off the mounds on Sunday. As you can read here, they have pink strings and strips of rubber to help them out.
  • Position players had the option of taking the day off (remember, there is no official full squad workout until Tuesday) and many of them did. However, the following 10 players still showed up to take part in fielding practice and BP: Jose Tabata, Garrett Jones, Steve Pearce, Doug Bernier, Brian Myrow, Jeff Clement, Brian Friday, Brandon Jones, Aki Iwamura and John Raynor. Of that group, only Iwamura and Jones have already been guaranteed Opening Day starting spots.
  • Bullpen catcher Heberto Andrande has still not been able to arrive to help out with camp. He is stuck in Venezuela with visa issues.
  • I asked Manny Sanguillen, who works with the catchers, how the group looked this year. He answered by singling out Ryan Doumit: “Ryan has really come a long way. I’m happy with his attitude, and he looks good.”
  • When asked if he had given any thought to who might be the team’s Opening Day starting pitcher, manager John Russell succinctly answered: “No.” My guess? Paul Maholm, followed by Ross Ohlendorf, Zach Duke and Charlie Morton. Pure speculation on my part.
  • Did I mention the weather was beautiful today?
  • For those of you who have been asking when another video will be posted, be patient. I’m working on one right now that is going to include a handful of interviews. Hopefully I’ll have it up by the end of the week.

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Non-roster invitations

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Before I head out of town for my last short vacation before another baseball season consumes the next eight months of life, I wanted to give you an updated list of the non-roster players that the Pirates have invited to Spring Training:

Pitchers (14)

  • Jimmy Barthmaier (RHP)
  • Brian Bass (RHP)
  • Brian Burres (LHP)
  • Vinnie Chulk (RHP)
  • Neal Cotts (LHP)
  • Craig Hansen (RHP)
  • Jeff Karstens (RHP)
  • Wil Ledezma (LHP)
  • Jean Machi (RHP)
  • Jeremy Powell (RHP)
  • Jack Taschner (LHP)
  • Justin Thomas (LHP)
  • Virgil Vasquez (RHP)
  • Tyler Yates (RHP)

Catchers (3)

  • Luke Carlin
  • Erik Kratz
  • Tony Sanchez

Infielders (0)

Outfielders (2)

  • Brian Myrow
  • Jonathan Van Every

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Bucs sign three to Minor League deals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates have agreed to terms with three more players — right-hander Brian Bass, catcher Luke Carlin and outfielder Brian Myrow. All three signed Minor League deals that include an invitation to Spring Training.

Bass pitched out of the Orioles’ bullpen last season, going 5-3 with a 4.90 ERA in 48 appearances. He has made 97 appearances (four starts) in two seasons in the Majors.

Carlin played most of 2009 with the D-backs’ Triple-A affiliate in Reno (Nev.), where he hit .321 with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 72 games. Carlin threw out 35.6 percent of runners attempting to steal against him. He also appeared in 10 games for Arizona, hitting .167 in 18 at-bats.

Myrow finished the year with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he hit .330 in 62 games. Myrow had hit .277 in 48 games with Triple-A Charlotte before joining the Pirates’ organization.

The Pirates have now invited 19 non-roster players to Spring Training.

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Minor League news and notes

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Triple-A Indianapolis has another August weekly award winner after outfielder Brian Myrow was named International League Player of the Week on Monday. Myrow went 15-for-25 in seven games last week. He scored eight runs, hit three homers and drove in 13.

Earlier this month, Daniel McCutchen and Eric Hacker took home IL Pitcher of the Week honors.

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Low-A West Virginia’s Kyle Morgan also earned Player-of-the-Week honors for his performance last week. The first baseman was the South Atlantic League’s standout hitter after going 10-for-21 with 10 runs scored, three doubles, three homers and seven RBIs.

Morgan was the Pirates’ 36th-round Draft pick in 2008. He has hit .301 with 25 RBIs in 36 games with the Power since being promoted from State College.

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Jeff Karstens (lower back strain) began his Minor League rehab assignment with two scoreless innings pitched for Indianapolis on Sunday. Karstens allowed two hits and struck out three.

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