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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