Pittsburgh Pirates make several 40-man roster decisions in advance of Rule 5

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several 40-man roster moves to comply with the rule 5 declaration deadline. Here now is a rundown.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, like the 29 other MLB clubs, had until 8:00 PM EST to make any changes to their 40-man roster, to protect Rule 5 eligible players from being selected by other teams in the annual Rule 5 draft.

Here are the players that the Pirates have added, as well as a minor trade:

Austin Meadows‘ inclusion was a no-brainer. The Pirates’ number one position player had to be protected.

However, it is awfully surprising that only Dario Agrazal and Luis Escobar were the only Pittsburgh Pirates prospects added, especially as the team had ample space.

As Adam Berry pointed out, notable prospects in SP Tyler Eppler, RP Yeudy Garcia and INF Adrian Valerio — all among the Pirates’ top 30 prospects — were in danger of being selected. It will remain to be seen if that scenario comes to pass. The team is flush with pitching depth at the top rungs of the minors, and thus the disclusion of Eppler and Garcia may not be all that surprising upon further review.


The Pittsburgh Pirates also traded Gift Ngoepe to Pirates North the Blue Jays for a player to be named later as well as cash considerations.

Though surprising on first blush, Ngoepe’s ceiling as an MLB player seems to be a defensive-first reserve.

Pirates Breakdown will have more on the team’s 40-man decisions in the coming days.

Jason Rollison

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years. Jason's previous stops include rumbunter.com, Pittsburgh Sporting News, Call To The Pen and several print publications. He also covers the State College Spikes for the Centre County Gazette (State College, PA) When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including Trib Live Radio and 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio)