Pirates add 11 NRIs to Spring Training roster

NRI 2020

By Garett Mansfield

Pirates Spring Training is just a few weeks away (pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 10) and the club announced 11 additional invitees to camp. That brings the total to 51 players at big league camp when the first full-squad workout takes place on Feb. 17.

Among the 11 new players, nine of those names suited up for the Curve in the last two seasons: Christian Kelley, Jason Delay, Montana DuRapau, Nick Mears, Blake Weiman, James Marvel, Jared Oliva and Luis Escobar. They join recent 40-man roster additions Ke’Bryan Hayes, Will Craig, Oneil Cruz, Blake Cederlind and Cody Ponce to compete for a roster spot. However, it is likely that a few of these names are in Curve, Pa. once again in 2020. In all, the Pirates have invited 36 former Curve players to their Spring Training.

Key Dates
– Feb. 10 – Pitchers and catchers report
– Feb. 12 – Pitchers and catchers first workout
– Feb. 16 – Position players report
– Feb. 17 – First full-squad workout
– Feb. 22 – First Spring Training game vs. Minnesota Twins
– March 24 – Final Spring Training game vs. Detroit Tigers
– March 26 – Pirates Opening Day at Tampa Bay Rays
– April 2 – Pirates home opener vs. Cincinnati Reds

Full List of Players

Non-Roster Invites (Years with Curve)

Jason Delay, C (2019)
Montana DuRapau, RHP (2015-18)
Luis Escobar, RHP (2018)
Christian Kelley, C (2018)
Tom Koehler, RHP (2019)
James Marvel, RHP (2018-19)
Nick Mears, RHP (2019)
Jared Oliva, OF (2019)
Blake Weiman, LHP (2018-19)

40-man Roster (Years with Curve)

Josh Bell, 1B (2014-15)
Steven Brault, LHP (2015)
J.T. Brubaker, RHP (2017-18)
Nick Burdi, RHP (2018)
Blake Cederlind, RHP (2019)
Will Craig, 1B (2018)
Oneil Cruz, SS (2019)
Adam Frazier, 2B (2015)
Geoff Hartlieb, RHP (2018)
Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B (2018)
Clay Holmes, RHP (2016)
Mitch Keller, RHP (2017-18)
Kevin Kramer, OF (2017)
Chad Kuhl, RHP (2015)
Starling Marte, CF (2011)
Jason Martin, OF (2018)
Joe Musgrove, RHP (2018, rehab)
Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (2016)
Kevin Newman, INF (2016-17)
Jose Osuna, INF/OF (2015-16)
Gregory Polanco, OF (2013)
Cody Ponce, RHP (2019)
Bryan Reynolds, LF (2018)
Edgar Santana, RHP (2016)
Jacob Stallings, C (2012, 15)
Jameson Taillon, RHP (2012-13) [injured, out for season]
Cole Tucker, SS (2017-18)

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