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Pirates Spring Training Roster: 16 Players Battling For Five Spots

Here are the 36 players still remaining in major-league camp, so that you can see who's still available to battle for roster spots.

Will Make Team (No Major Issues)

C Chris Snyder (back injury doesn't appear to be a huge concern, but if it is, the Pirates may need to carry an additional catcher)

1B Lyle Overbay

2B Neil Walker

SS Ronny Cedeno

3B Pedro Alvarez

OF Jose Tabata

OF Andrew McCutchen

OF Garrett Jones

OF Matt Diaz

OF/C Ryan Doumit (barring a trade)

SP Paul Maholm

SP Kevin Correia

SP Ross Ohlendorf

SP Charlie Morton

SP James McDonald (will hopefully be ready to start in time after suffering minor injury)

RP Joel Hanrahan

RP Evan Meek

RP Chris Resop

RP Jose Veras

RP Jeff Karstens (could end up getting a start or two if McDonald isn't fully ready)


That leaves five spots for these 16 players, and those spots will likely go to three position players and two pitchers:

C Jason Jaramillo

C Dusty Brown

INF Andy Marte

INF Steve Pearce

UT Pedro Ciriaco (very likely to make team)

UT Josh Rodriguez

UT Corey Wimberly (I would be shocked, at this point, if he made the team)

1B/OF John Bowker (out of options)

SP Scott Olsen (will begin season on DL)

SP Brad Lincoln (could make spot start if McDonald is unavailable, but that seems unlikely to me)

SP Brian Burres

RP Joe Beimel (hurt and will not be with team on Opening Day)

RP Garrett Olson (likely to make team)

RP Chris Leroux

RP Jose Ascanio (I think he's still on the Spring roster, but he's rehabbing an injury)

RP Michael Crotta

Realistically, I hope the position players will be Ciriaco, Rodriguez and Bowker, although that leaves the bench pretty light on right-handed hitting, so either Marte or Pearce could get a spot. Garrett Olson appears likely to claim one of the two spots on the pitching staff. The other likely depends on what happens with McDonald.