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Pirates cut 10 from camp

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The Pirates trimmed down the number of players in Major League camp from 54 to 44 this morning. Here are the cuts:

  • Andrew Lambo reassigned to Minor League camp
  • Brian Friday reassigned to Minor League camp
  • Chase d’Arnaud reassigned to Minor League camp
  • Aaron Thompson optioned to Double-A Altoona
  • Ramon Aguero optioned to Double-A Altoona
  • Jeff Locke optioned to Double-A Altoona
  • Tony Watson optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis
  • Gorkys Hernandez optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis
  • Alex Presley optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis
  • Daniel Moskos optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis

Now for some specific notes on these players and their assignments:

  • Plan on Lambo being used as a corner outfielder in Indianapolis. It sounds like first base is going to be a fallback option for him. He really made an impression defensively this spring. Heck of an arm.
  • Friday should spend most of his time at second, with d’Arnaud getting the majority of the starts at short. The Pirates value versatility, though, so expect the two to flip flop places from time to time to stay sharp at multiple positions. d’Arnaud, general manager Neal Huntington said, might also play a little at third.
  • Both Presley and Hernandez have played extensively in center field, though now both are headed to Indianapolis. Huntington said Hernandez is likely to be the team’s primary centerfielder, while Presley will bounce around.
  • Though Thompson and Locke were both optioned to Double-A, either one could actually start the year in Triple-A. It all depends on how the pitching shakes out by the end of camp.
  • The organization has not determined whether Watson will be starting or relieving this season.
  • Watson and Moskos were named as two lefty candidates for the Pirates’ bullpen, though the Pirates ultimately determined both could use more seasoning in the Minors before making the jump to Pittsburgh.

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Bucs set 40-man roster; designate Duke, LaRoche, Young

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Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young were all designated for assignment on Friday in order to open up room on the 40-man roster for the Pirates to protect players in advance of the Rule 5 Draft.

The three were all eligible for arbitration. The Pirates obviously decided not to tender contracts to any of the three, and by designating them for assignment now, Pittsburgh cleared the space it needed to protect the players it wanted to.

Michael Crotta, Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson, Daniel Moskos and Tony Watson have all been added to the 40-man roster. That roster is now full.

UPDATE: Just spoke with GM Neal Huntington, who said that the Pirates did try to negotiate a contract with Zach and were unsuccessful. The team did not feel he was worth what he was going to make in arbitration (probably around $5 million). The club also explored trade opportunities with no success.

This from Duke: “I am truly thankful for the opportunity the Pirates have given me and genuinely enjoyed my time in Pittsburgh. I understand this business decision and wish the Pirates and my friends still on the team the best of luck in the future.”

Here is the full story.

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Arizona Fall League update

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While I’m sitting in the cafeteria of Yankee Stadium waiting for the start of Game 6, how about we take a look at how the Pirates’ six organizational players are doing so far in the Arizona Fall League:

  • Daniel Moskos: The lefty is pitching out of the bullpen in Arizona and has so far made seven appearances. He has allowed six earned runs on 14 hits and seven walks in 9 1/3 innings. Moskos has nine strikeouts.
  • Donnie Veal: Veal has gone 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in four starts. He was named the AFL pitcher of the week last week after throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings. Veal has walked just two and has 12 strikeouts.
  • Tony Watson: In six relief appearances, Watson has limited opponents to just one earned run in seven innings. He has allowed four hits, walked three and struck out six.
  • Chase D’Arnaud: D’Arnaud is hitting .211 in his first 10 games with the Scottsdale Scorpions. In 38 at-bats, D’Arnaud has four extra-base hits and two RBIs.
  • Brian Friday: The middle infielder has scuffled a bit out of the gate, batting just .194 in his first seven games. Friday has driven in four, but also has 10 strikeouts in 31 at-bats.
  • Jose Tabata: The promising young outfielder has hit .348 in 16 games for the Scorpions. He has six extra-base hits, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored. Heading into Wednesday’s action, that average was second best on the Scottsdale club.

Also worth noting: D’Arnaud, Moskos and Tabata have been named to the AFL’s rising stars rosters, which is a showcase game that will be played on Saturday (much like an All-Star Game). A total of 50 players earned the honor. The game will be telecast on the MLB Network at 6:15 p.m. MT.

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Arizona Fall League Rosters Announced

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Outfield prospect Jose Tabata is among the Pirates’ organizational prospects heading to the Arizona Fall League, which announced its rosters on Tuesday.

Tabata will be joined by pitchers Daniel Moskos, Donnie Veal and Tony Watson. Infielders Brian Friday and Chase D’Arnaud will also be playing in the league. The Pirates have one other pitching spot still left to fill.

Pirates Minor League field coordinator Jeff Banister will be managing the Scottsdale Scorpions club, which will include prospects from the Pirates, Phillies, Giants, Diamondbacks and Rockies.

The AFL begins on Oct. 13 and continues through Nov. 19, not including the championship game.

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