Seven Bucs are destined for Indianapolis

Seven Bucs are destined for Indianapolis

Seven Bucs are destined for Indianapolis
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Of the 10 players cut from Major League camp, at least seven are headed to Triple-A Indianapolis to begin the season.

Daniel Moskos, Gorkys Hernandez, Alex Presley and Tony Watson were optioned to Triple-A on Monday morning and will be joined on that International League club by Andrew Lambo, Brian Friday and Chase d'Arnaud, all of whom have been reassigned to Minor League camp.

The Pirates optioned another trio of players -- Aaron Thompson, Ramon Aguero and Jeff Locke -- to Double-A, though general manger Neal Huntington noted that Thompson and/or Locke could begin the season in Indianapolis depending upon how the rest of the pitching assignments shake out.

Huntington issued a few other position clarifications, too, shortly after cuts were made. Lambo, he said, will play primarily as a corner outfielder, with most of his time coming in right. He might make an occasional appearance at first base, though the Pirates are mostly intrigued about Lambo's defensive ability in the outfield.

"Nobody threw the ball better than him from the outfield," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Very accurate, very strong arm."

Added Huntington: "It was enjoyable to watch the reads off the bat and the routes that he took. Obviously, his throws this spring were eye-opening. He threw the ball with velocity, but he also threw the ball with tremendous accuracy."

Hernandez and Presley have both been used in center field as they've climbed up the Minor League system, though Hernandez is now expected to get the majority of playing time at the position. Presley will play primarily in left, though all of the outfielders are going to move around to a certain degree.

In the infield, d'Arnaud will begin the season as Indianapolis' shortstop, while Friday will play second.