AAA Roster Predicition

Yesterday I mentioned all of the options the Pirates have in AAA, today I am going to try and assemble a roster. This is a tough task due to the number of bodies but here it goes:

C: Eric Fryer

1B: Matt Hague

2B: Jordy Mercer

SS: Chase d’Arnaud

3B: Josh Harrison

LF: Gorkys Hernandez

CF: Starling Marte

RF: Andrew Lambo

DH: Jake Fox

C: Jose Morales

IF: Josh Rodriguez

OF: Brandon Boggs

SP: Brad Lincoln

SP: Rudy Owens

SP: Kyle McPherson

SP: Jeff Locke

SP: Shairon Martis

RP: Justin Wilson

RP: Bryan Morris

RP: Daniel Moskos

RP: Jared Hughes

RP: Ryota Igarashi

RP: Aaron Poreda

RP: Tim Wood

There are a handful of others that should be starting off here but with only 24 spots I had to make some cuts. Here are the notable ones I have left off: Tony Sanchez, Charlie Cutler, Jeremy Farrell, Brian Friday, Brock Holt, Mike Ryan, Jason Cooper, Aaron Pribanic, Michael Colla, Tim Alderson, and Michael Crotta. There are also a few other pitchers who could be considered here but the depth is so that they will start off in AA. Also excluded are Navarro, Evans and Daniel McCutchen all of whom I have on my major league projection. It is entirely possible any of them start out in AAA. The rule V pick Nunez is also a possibility should the Pirates work out a trade, although since he hasn’t had success in AA he would probably be sent there.

With the obvious exception of Sanchez most of the players I listed as missing are basically just depth. It is entirely possible the Pirates cut a few of them and most of them would represent no significant loss.

Now on to the roster make up. The lineup I listed includes eight solid players all of whom could potentially have a future in the major leagues. What it lacks though is upside of the eight it is my opinion only Marte and Mercer have the talent to become above average regulars. The bench on the other hand is made up of mostly veterans but any of them should be capable of plugging a hole in the majors for at least a short amount of time.

The rotation is a lot like the starting 8, no real impact player but a lot of depth. It is entirely possible that each and everyone of the 5 starters could see time in the majors. McPherson appears to have the highest upside all 5 of them but anyone of them could become a solid back of the rotation starter. The 7 bullpen pitchers are a good mix of left handers and right handers and also has a good mix of major league veterans (Wood, Igarashi), major league experience (Moskos, Hughes) and back of the bullpen talent (Wilson, Morris).

Overall this is not an exciting group as it has only one real impact player (Marte) but it is filled with players who could potentially be good regular contributors in the majors. The fact that the level is not filled with major league retreads is a good sign for the direction of the Pirate franchise.

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