Pittsburgh Pirates Player News: All Positions

News: Osuna went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts against the Rays on Monday.
Impact: He's hitting .156 in 32 spring at-bats and continues to fight an uphill battle making the Opening Day roster. Osuna, who played right field Monday, is an outstanding defensive first baseman but has failed to hit at the major league level. The right-handed hitter holds a career .210 batting average in 167 at-bats against righties. Osuna's minor-league slash line (.282/.335/.445) suggests the potential is there, but at 26 years of age, a change of scenery might best re-energize his career.
News: Kingham threw five scoreless innings against the Rays on Monday. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out five batters.
Impact: The right-hander, who retired the first 11 batters he faced, continued his string of inconsistent performances. He's registered a 5.09 ERA in 17.2 innings. While he's still likely behind Jordan Lyles in the running for the fifth starter's job, Kingham may make the Opening Day roster as a long man in the bullpen. He's out of minor-league options and it's doubtful the Bucs would risk losing him after nine-plus years in the organization.
News: Crick, who was removed after retiring only two batters Monday, gave up one earned run on two hits and a walk.
Impact: The righty has allowed runs in five of six spring outings, compiling a 12.46 ERA in 4.1 innings. Crick struggled in Grapefruit League action last year, registering a 5.73 ERA and while he failed to make the Opening Day roster in 2018, it's still likely he heads north with Pittsburgh to start the 2019 campaign. Crick, who finished with a 2.39 ERA and 17 holds last year, is expected to slot ahead of primary setup man Keone Kela and closer Felipe Vazquez.
News: Lyles (side) threw a successful four-inning simulated game Monday, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Impact: Lyles, who was removed from his previous Grapefruit League appearance due to a side cramp, fired 60 pitches in Monday's session and reported no issues afterwards. Assuming he checks out OK in the coming days, Lyles could rejoin the rotation later in the week. He's the leading candidate to open the season as the Pirates' fifth starter.
News: The Pirates reassigned Franklin (hamstring) to their minor-league camp Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Franklin picked up a right hamstring injury early in camp and never played in any Grapefruit League games, ruining his slim chances of breaking camp with the big club. Unless he demonstrates some meaningful progress over the next week or two, he'll likely open the season on the injured list at Triple-A Indianapolis.
News: The Pirates reassigned Hayes to minor-league camp Monday, Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old impressed onlookers this spring, hitting .346 with seven extra-base hits (including two homers) in 26 Grapefruit League at-bats. Hayes slashed .293/.375/.444 with seven homers and 47 RBI in 437 at-bats for Double-A Altoona in 2018. He's expected to serve as the everyday third baseman for Triple-A Indianapolis and could make his MLB debut later this summer. Fantasy owners will want to key in on his ability to hit for power, as he's totaled only 15 home runs in four minor-league campaigns.
News: Reyes' chances of making the Opening Day roster may have been bolstered by the team's decision to pick Erik Gonzalez as its starting shortstop over Kevin Newman.
Impact: Given that Newman still has minor-league options remaining, it's possible the team could choose to give Newman full-time reps at Triple-A rather than having him come off the bench for the Pirates. For his part, Reyes is batting .250 in 32 spring at-bats with a pair of home runs. He has the ability to move around the infield on defense and can play anywhere in the outfield. He'd also give Pittsburgh a center field backup to Starling Marte. Adam Frazier is the emergency center fielder, but management would like to keep him firmly at second base.
News: The Pirates reassigned Reynolds to their minor-league camp Monday, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Impact: After being sidelined for a week with a left hamstring injury, Reynolds returned to action in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Tigers. He started in right field and finished 1-for-2 with a two-run single before moving to the bench. Now healthy again, Reynolds looks poised to handle an everyday role at Triple-A Indianapolis in 2019.
News: The Pirates optioned Kramer to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: He hit .207 with one homer and seven RBI this spring but had no true chance of making the Opening Day roster, barring injury. General manager Neal Huntington said that Kramer will move around the infield and possibly play in the outfield for Indianapolis. according to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic. Kramer slashed .311/.365/.492 at Triple-A in 2018 but hit just .135 with 20 strikeouts in 37 at-bats for the Pirates in September.
News: General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Moran would open the season in a reserve role after Jung Ho Kang was named the team's starting third baseman, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While serving as the Pirates' primary starter at the position last season, Moran didn't build on the power gains he had demonstrated at the Triple-A level in 2017. He delivered a solid .277 average while striking out in only 17.6 percent of his 465 plate appearances, but finished with only 31 extra-base hits, including 11 home runs. Per Adam Berry of MLB.com, Huntington cited Kang's superior defense as a reason why the veteran emerged as the winner in the job battle, but the five home runs the 31-year-old has already slugged this spring might have also factored heavily into the team's decision. With the Pirates now set to roll with Kang at the hot corner, Moran will get some work in at first base in the final week of camp as he looks to increase his usefulness as a reserve player.
News: General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Newman will open the season as a reserve middle infielder after Erik Gonzalez was named the team's starting shortstop, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Impact: According to Adam Berry of MLB.com, Huntington cited Gonzalez's superior defense as the main reason the 27-year-old won out over Newman in the job battle. It's also possible that Pittsburgh chooses Pablo Reyes as a super-utility man, relegating Newman to Triple-A Indianapolis to begin the campaign. A 2015 first-round pick, Newman reached the big leagues for the first time last season but failed to make much of an impact in 97 plate appearances, slashing a middling .209/.247/.231. Newman has shown the ability to hit for average and steal bases at a decent clip in the minors, but his dearth of power and a lack of high-end speed will make it a challenge for him to contribute meaningful counting-stats production if he eventually claims a full-time role with Pittsburgh.
News: General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Gonzalez will open the season as the Pirates' starting shortstop, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Per Adam Berry of MLB.com, Huntington cited Gonzalez's defensive aptitude as the main reason he won the starting role over Kevin Newman, who is now slated to open the season as a utility man. After serving as a bench infielder for Cleveland for most of the past three seasons, Gonzalez will get an extended look in an everyday role for the first time in his career, but the 27-year-old probably won't warrant immediate attention outside of NL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues. Over 275 career plate appearances in the majors, Gonzalez has slashed .263/.292/.389 (78 wRC+) with five home runs and four stolen bases.