The Pirates announced their first round of spring roster moves, led by outfielder Travis Swaggerty being optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Additionally 13 others were reassigned to minor league camp as the Bucs have to give shortened looks to players this spring with a condensed spring training.
There have been some questions surrounding Swaggerty who has yet to appear in any spring action so far this spring. The 2018 first rounder saw his season end at Indianapolis last season after just 12 games after dislocating his right shoulder diving back into first base. The outfielder underwent surgery on his shoulder in the summer.
As long as Swaggerty comes back healthy this year, it’s expected that the former first round pick will make his big league debut at some point during the season for the Pirates.
Among the 13 Pirates reassigned to minor league camp were the club’s last three first round picks — Nick Gonzales, Henry Davis and Quinn Priester. It was Davis’ first taste of big league spring training. He appeared in the first two games for the Pirates. Gonzales collected two hits and an RBI and played in all four contests to begin the spring so far. Priester pitched on Monday, tossing two scoreless innings against the Rays.
In all, none of the moves made were unexpected as the Bucs were giving a bulk of their most well-regarded a taste of Major League spring training.
The full list of roster moves can be found below.
In addition, INF Ji-hwan Bae, RHP Cody Bolton, RHP Mike Burrows, C Henry Davis, RHP Adrian Florencio, OF Matt Fraizer, INF Nick Gonzales, RHP Kyle Nicolas, RHP Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP Quinn Priester, RHP Tahnaj Thomas and INF Jared Triolo have been reassigned to minor league camp.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 22, 2022