MLB: Pirates take three players off the ship and set them free

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have released three players: the right-hander Tanner Anderson, catcher Taylor Davis and utility Phillip Evans. Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster now stands at 37.

Anderson and Davis made the majors at the end of the regular season. Anderson was selected to the Major League Baseball club on September 30. He made his first and only appearance of the season that night, pitching five two-run innings out of the bullpen. It was a very brief homecoming for the 28-year-old, who began his MLB career with the Bucs in 2018:

While Anderson has now earned a major league call-up in three separate seasons, he only has 12 appearances and 38 2/3 cumulative innings to prove it.

Anderson owns just a 5.82 ERA in that limited time, but is 4.52 in more than 200 Triple-A frames in his career. That includes a 4.01 ERA in 51 2/3 innings between the Athletics and the Pirates’ top affiliates in 2021, albeit with a strikeout rate of 12.3%.

Davis only made two major league appearances, collecting a pair of singles in five at-bats. He has appeared in parts of four major league seasons, but hasn’t had more than 20 plate appearances in any year. The 31-year-old spent most of last season with Triple-A affiliates the Orioles and Bucs, hitting .248 / .344 / .325 between the two stops.

Evans has the most time in the majors of this group. He played in just under half of the Pirates’ games in 2021, adding 247 plate appearances while starting games in all four corners of the diamond.

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Evans walked at a robust 11.3% rate, but didn’t have much of an offensive impact. He blew up just five home runs en route to a .206 / .312 / .299 bar line.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Pirates take three players off the ship and set them free