Pirates Send Osuna, Crick & Siegrist Down

Bucs going with 13 relievers to start the season.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 26, 2018 - 1:04 pm
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The Pirates are going with an eight man bullpen as the team optioned their Spring Training offensive leader, Jose Osuna, to Triple A Indianapolis along with righty reliever Kyle Crick.  Lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist was reassigned.

“We had a handful of hard decisions as we neared the end of camp, Jose was one especially,” Huntington said.  “He’s a good man.  He’s gotten better and worked hard.  We do have the opportunity now to get him some significant time at third base at Triple A.”

This means lefty Josh Smoker along with internal righties Dovydas Neverauskas and Edgar Santana make the team.

“It was more of where Santana, Neverauskas and Smoker have, in our minds, the ability to help this club with weapons,” Huntington said.  “With the totality of what they’ve done last year, this spring and what we anticipate them doing.”

The 6’3’, 25-year-old righty, Neverauskas was 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA in 24 games with the Pirates last year. 

“I take pride in being Lithuanian, being the first one playing in the major leagues and now to be the first one to break camp,” Neverauskas said.  “I’m looking forward to it.”

Smoker came over in a trade with the Mets and had 13 strikeouts in 10 innings.  The lefty seems to have found something with his slider which led to second half success with New York last year.

“I want to thank the Pirates, from the day I got here to now they have been as professional as I would expect,” Smoker said.  “They’ve been honest with me.  I’m definitely looking forward to getting to Pittsburgh and getting to mingle with the fans.  I love interacting with the fans.”

Edgar Santana appeared in 19 games with the Bucs last year and struck out 20 while walking 12 in 18 innings.  That included an ERA of 3.50.  The 26-year-old Dominican native

As for the relievers who didn’t make it, Kyle Crick came over in the Andrew McCutchen trade and had issues getting his fastball over consistently.  Crick walked 17 in 32 innings with the Giants last year.

“We’re going to need Kyle, we are going to need him,” Huntington said.  “Hopefully not sooner than later because that will be because of injury, but we are absolutely going to need him.  We remain very positive that he is going to help us win games for years into the future.”

Crick pitched in 10 games this Spring, giving up seven earned on 13 hits, four walks and struck out nine.

Kevin Siegrist can now request to be on another team’s 25-man roster and then the Pirates can match that or let them go.  Huntington hopes he would go to Triple A and stretch out, because he says the lefty will be needed in leverage situations at some point this year.

“As we reviewed our notes from Spring Training really the last five plus years, when Kevin has had his best major league seasons, there has been more there in Spring Training,” Huntington said.  “We don’t want this to just be about velocity, but he’s had more velocity when he’s had his better seasons.  There has been a trend downward.”

Rule 5 righty Jordan Milbrath’s locker was empty amid a Post-Gazette report he has been released.  Huntington would not confirm the Milbrath move or comment on where they are with Bryce Brentz.

“We just feel that it’s the best way to get us off to a good start,” Huntington said of a bigger bullpen.  “I would anticipate that we would be at an eight man bullpen and we may be longer (with eight) than just Detroit.”