Pittsburgh Pirates: Projected 40-Man Roster After Protecting Players From Rule 5 Draft

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Manager Derek Shelton #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates talks to the home plate umpire during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 14, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Final Overview

Based on what I have, I currently have this as the Pirates’ 40-man roster (note that the names are in no particular order):

Starting pitchers: Roansy Contreras, Mitch Keller, Luis Ortiz, Johan Oviedo, JT Brubaker, Bryse Wilson, Mike Burrows, Miguel Yajure, Zach Thompson, Max Kranick

Relief Pitchers: David Bednar, Yerry De Los Santos, Colin Holderman, Wil Crowe, J.C. Flowers, Tahnaj Thomas, Manny Banuelos, J.C. Flowers, Chase DeJong, Robert Stephenson, Blake Cederlind

Catchers: Tyler Heineman, Jason Delay, Endy Rodriguez, Blake Sabol

Infielders: Malcolm Nunez, Oneil Cruz, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Ji-Hwan Bae, Liover Peguero, Jared Triolo, Hoy Park, Tucupita Marcano

Outfielders: Jack Suwinski, Bryan Reynolds, Travis Swaggerty, Cal Mitchell, Matt Gorski, Canaan Smith-Njigba, Miguel Andujar

In total, that is 39 players. That leaves the Pittsburgh Pirates one 40-man roster spot for a trade or free agent acquisition (assuming, in the event of an exchange, a player from the 40-man roster is not involved) before the roster needs to be finalized or a Rule 5 Draft pick.

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Sometimes, teams don’t leave a roster spot open for a Rule 5 Draft pick or completely forgo selecting a player. In the 2020-2021 off-season, only 18 teams picked players. The last time there were at least 20 teams picking players in the Rule 5 Draft was in 2008. The Pirates themselves went without a Rule 5 pick in both 2018 and 2019.