The Pirates have cut four players from Spring Training: catcher Eric Fryer, potential bench bats Jake Fox and Nick Evans, and reliever Ryota Igarashi. All four have been sent to the minors. None of the four cuts come as much of a surprise, based on the news and rumors over the past week or so that suggest that two utility infielders, Yamaico Navarro and Josh Harrison, will both make the team.
Of the four, Fryer and Fox had the best Spring Training performances, with Fryer batting .348 and Fox hitting two homers.
Igarashi showed a good fastball but got hit hard; he expressed surprise about being cut, which is amusing, given that his performance was poor and he didn’t have much of a shot to make the team to begin with. He evidently will decide whether or not he wants to report to the minor leagues.
The Pirates still need to make several more cuts before Opening Day.
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