Pirates announce several roster changes

Pirates announce several roster changes

Before the Rule 5 draft deadline, the Pirates announced that they had selected the Treaties of Endy Rodriguez, Mike Burrows, Colin Selby and Jared Triolo to their 40-man squad. On appropriate trains Tyler Heineman, Jeremy Beasley, Manny Banuelos and Junior Fernandez are all intended for assignment. Your 40-man roster remains full.

Pittsburgh acquired Rodriguez from the Mets as part of the three-team trade centered on it Joe Musgrove on the way to San Diego. He struggled through the minor leagues last year, making it to Triple-A by the end of the season. Across three levels, he hit .323/.407/.590 with 25 home runs. He appeared primarily as a catcher, but also logged some time at corner outfield and 2022 at first and second base. The 22-year-old has been ranked among the game’s top 100 prospects by Baseball America and MLB Pipeline Given the Bucs’ lack of catching opportunities down the major league depth chart, there seems to be a strong chance he’ll make it to the league sometime in 2023 make big leagues.

Burrows was ranked fifth in Baseball America’s midseason ranking of Pittsburgh prospects. Burrows, an eleventh-round pick in 2018, spent half the year at Double-A before being promoted to Triple-A in June. In 12 starts at Double-A, Burrows had a 2.94 ERA, hitting batters 32.4% of the time and walking 8.9% of the time. A large drop in strikeouts at Triple-A (down to 23.3%) was largely responsible for his peak ERA of 5.31 after his promotion, although his opponent BABIP also jumped about 40 points. Nonetheless, a strong couple of months are beginning at Triple-A through 2023 and it won’t be long before the 23-year-old finds his way to Pittsburgh.

A 16th-round pick in 2018, Selby began his career as a starter before the Pirates put him in the bullpen last year. Though results weren’t particularly encouraging initially, he had a strong 2022 season at Double-A, briefly making it to Triple-A at the end of the season. In 32 2/3 innings at Double-A, Selby had a 29.7% strikeout rate versus a 10.1% walk rate en route to a 2.20 ERA. He pitched just three innings at Triple-A but should start there next season and could be a depth option for Pittsburgh’s bullpen next summer.

Triolo was selected in the third round of the 2019 draft and spent the entire 2022 campaign at Double-A. He hit a solid .282/.375/419 and, as the line would suggest, posted a strong 12.7% walk rate versus a 17.6% strikeout rate. He is predominantly a third baseman but has logged 2022 time at shortstop and center field. Given the presence of Ke’Bryan Hayes Third for the foreseeable future in Pittsburgh, it’s possible Triolo has a future as a utility.

On the DFA side, only Heineman and Banuelos saw significant stints in the big leagues. Heineman appeared as a catcher in 52 games, batting .211/.277/.254, while Banuelos threw 32 2/3 innings with 4.96 ERA balls after being hit by the Yankees midseason. Fernandez only threw 3 1/3 innings for the Pirates and Beasley only threw against their Triple-A partner.

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