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Pirates’ management and players are arriving to Pirates City in Bradenton, Fl., on Sunday for a five day min-camp that begins on Monday.
This year, the mini-camp is focused more on strength and conditioning, rather than just pitching like years in the past.
“We want to begin the baseball thought process and the (team) thought process,” Huntington said. “We want the focus to be on that, moreso than, ‘I’ve got to go down there and throw a 20-pitch pen.’ When we get to spring training, then it’s time to flip the switch and be ready to compete from day one.”
It also marks the first time many of the players have worked with new manager Clint Hurdle.
The Players will train in the am, and their afternoons and evenings will be for meetings and other informational gatherings.
“We want it to be more of a conditioning and team-building type camp than a pitching camp,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “It’s a chance to get to know people and put names with faces. And it’s not just for the players; it’s for our staff, our trainers, our strength group, our front office.”
Those scheduled to attend include:
Pitchers – Michael Crotta, Joel Hanrahan, Kevin Hart, Jeff Karstens, Brad Lincoln, Jeff Locke, Daniel McCutchen, James McDonald, Kyle McPherson, Evan Meek, Bryan Morris, Charlie Morton, Daniel Moskos, Ross Ohlendorf, Chris Resop, Aaron Thompson, Tony Watson
Catchers – Jason Jaramillo, Tony Sanchez
Infielders – Pedro Ciriaco, Lyle Overbay, Steve Pearce, Josh Rodriguez, Neil Walker
Outfielders – Matt Diaz, Gorkys Hernandez, Garrett Jones, Andrew McCutchen, Alex Presley, Jose Tabata
Non Roster invites – Dusty Brown, Brian Burres, Josh Fields, Fernando Nieve, Justin Thomas, Cesar Valdez, Corey Wimberly
* Pedro Alvarez and Chris Leroux opted out of attending the mini-camp due to prior commitments.
** Note: Both Paul Maholm, Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit are not attending.
“In a perfect world, we’d have everybody (attend),” Huntington said. “That’s the goal. Short of that, no, I’m not happy with the turnout.”
“The players who choose not to come in, that’s their prerogative,” Huntington said. “The guys who are there, there’s no doubt in my mind it’s an advantage for them. We’re appreciative of their willingness to take five days during their offseason to come to Florida and show their commitment to us.”
Jameson Tallion and Stetson Allie are participating in this fall’s instructional league held in Pirates City. Both Tallion and Allie are expected to arrive in Bradenton, Florida on Sunday before the first workout on Monday.
Along with the Pirates top two picks from the 2010 draft, 46 pitchers and 46 position players will also be participating in the instructional league.
It has two end dates –October 9th and 23rd– depending on whether the players have had a full season workload.