Pirates Make Roster Moves

Max Moroff and Nick Kingham among 11 sent down.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 20, 2018 - 10:09 am
Neal Huntington

93.7 the Fan

With 48 in camp, the Pirates made their biggest roster decisions Tuesday morning, sending 11 to minor league camp.

Three go directly to Triple A Indianapolis-infielder Max Moroff, infielder/outfielder Christopher Bostick and Monday’s starter Nick Kingham.

Moroff played in 56 games with the Pirates last year hitting an even 200.  24-year-old was hitting .214 this spring with a homer and three RBI.   Moroff hit three homers with four doubles and 21 RBI in 120 at bats with the Bucs last season.  The switch-hitter wasn’t able to show the power he had in Triple-A, hitting 13 home runs in just 51 games in Indy in 2017.

General Manager Neal Huntington said he believes Moroff will help the team this year, but they are set with Sean Rodriguez as the back-up at short and either Adam Frazier or Josh Harrison as a potential third shortstop.

“You run the risk of stunting a young players’ growth if he doesn’t get at bats,” Huntington said.  “And we wanted him to go out and get opportunities to play and grow and develop both offensively and defensively.”

Bostick was an International League All-Star last year but the team is set on Rodriguez, Frazier and either Bryce Brentz or maybe Jose Osuna as back-ups there.

Kingham was a fourth round pick in 2010 and had a minor-league high in wins last year with 10.  The 26-year-old is coming off a shortened 2016 following Tommy John surgery.

Huntington said they believe in Kingham, and believe he’s learned some valuable lessons during camp.   They think he will be able to make adjustments in the minors and could be with the big club this season.

“He has major league weapons and absolutely a guy we have complete confidence in that can make major league starts or can come up out of the bullpen,” Huntington said.

Eight others optioned to minor league camp-pitchers Casey Sadler, John Stilson and Brett McKinney, outfielder Todd Cunningham, infielders Pablo Reyes, Erich Weiss and Eric Wood and catcher Jackson Williams.