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Pirates prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes has been absent from team workouts thus far. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: No explanation has been given for Hayes' absence. The top prospect is considered the third baseman of the future in Pittsburgh.

Hector Noesi has opted out of the 2020 season due to “family reasons,” said Pirates’ manager Derek Shelton. (Source: Stephen J. Nesbitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Noesi earned a spot on the 60-man roster pool, but has decided to opt out of the 2020 season due to family reasons. He owned a 8.46 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and a 24:14 K:BB across 27 2/3 innings.

Category: Transactions

Keone Kela has yet to see the field at summer camp for undisclosed reasons, per Pirates’ manager Derek Shelton. (Source: Stephen J. Nesbitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kela is expected to open the season as the Pirates’ closer, but hasn’t participated in spring training 2.0. It is unclear at the time when Kela will take the field and join his teammates. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor the situation. The 29-year-old owned a 2.12 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and a 33:11 K:BB across 29 2/3 innings in 2019.

Brault confirmed the Pirates have discussed the possibility of him piggybacking starts in the fifth spot with Chad Kuhl (Source: Stephen Nesbitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With only twelve trips through the rotation to begin with, cutting them in half with someone will make things much more complicated through a fantasy lens. Obviously, an injury would change this, but as of right now, it appears it will take a strong start by one of the two to secure the fifth spot permanently.

Pirates manager Derek Shelton views Derek Holland as a starting pitcher this year. (Source: Alex Stumpf)

Fantasy Impact: Holland appeared to have the inside track to the Pirates' fifth starter job back in spring training 1.0 and that still appears to be the case. The 33-year-old made eight starts last year but mostly pitched out of the bullpen. Pittsburgh is going through an analytics overhaul this year, which could possibly help a guy like Holland.

RHP Blake Cederlind has tested positive for Coronavirus. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cederlind has tested positive for COVID-19, but Pirates' manager Derek Shelton could not share if he was symptomatic or not. The 24-year-old will need to produce two negative tests before he is able to join his teammates for summer camp. Cederlind owned a 1.77 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 42:16 K:BB across 31 games in Double-A last season.

Category: Injury Updates

OF Socrates Brito has tested positive for Coronavirus. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brito has tested positive for COVID-19, but Pirates' manager Derek Shelton could not share if he was symptomatic or not. The 27-year-old will need to produce two negative tests before he is able to join his teammates for summer camp.

Category: Injury Updates

Joe Musgrove (shoulder) threw a five inning simulated game on Friday. He “feels better now than he did in March.” (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Musgrove was dealing with a pinched nerve in his right shoulder in March. The delay of the regular season has helped him fully recover from that injury. The 27-year-old surrendered seven earned runs in his last Grapefruit League outing. Musgrove figures be a key part of the Pirates’ rotation and offers fantasy appeal as a late-round flyer in standard leagues. He owned a 4.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and a 157:39 K:BB across 31 starts in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates

RHP Carmen Mlodzinski signed a $2.05 million contract with the Pirates on Thursday. (Source: Jim Callis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mlodzinski was selected 31st overall by the Pirates in the MLB 2020 Draft and signed with Pittsburgh on Thursday.The 6-foot-2, 215-pound could develop into a back-end starter in the majors. Mlodzinski owned a 2.15 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 40:4 K:BB across 29 1/3 innings in the Cape Cod League last summer.

Category: Transactions

Pirates' manager Derek Shelton said "I don't think it's an open 3B competition. I think you're going to see Colin Moran there a lot." (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moran will see most of his playing time at third base, but is expected to rotate with Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco as the team's DH. He slashed .277/.322/.429 with 13 homers, 80 RBI, and 46 runs scored across 503 plate appearances in 2019. Moran is currently 52nd among all third basemen in the latest expert consensus rankings.

The Pirates have placed RHP Chris Archer on the 60-day IL. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Archer will miss the 2020 season after undergoing surgery to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome in early June. Look for Chad Kuhl and Steven Brault to compete for a spot in the rotation. Archer has an $11 million club option for 2021, which also includes a buyout. The 31-year-old will rehab and look to get back on track for the 2021 campaign.

Category: Injury Updates

The Pirates transferred Kevin Kramer (hip) to the 60-day injured list. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Pittsburgh announced in May that Kramer underwent hip surgery and will be out 4-6 months. The procedural move clears a spot on the 40-man roster.

Category: Injury Updates

The Pirates placed Jameson Taillon (elbow) on the 60-day injured list. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taillon underwent Tommy John surgery last August and isn't expected to pitch MLB's shortened 2020 season. However, the former top prospect is expected to be healthy entering 2021. He can be crossed off draft boards for this summer.

Category: Injury Updates

Nick Gonzales inked a full-slot value deal with the Pirates Wednesday, worth nearly $5.5 million. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: The seventh overall pick out of New Mexico State has an above-average hit tool to go along with some power, so he could go through the minors quickly. Not known for his defense, he has a very similar profile to Keston Hiura.

Category: Transactions

Felipe Vazquez faces additional charges for child pornography in St. Louis. (Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review )

Fantasy Impact: Vazquez was originally arrested in Florida with a count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors in September. He is now facing 20 charges involving crimes with minors. Vazquez was placed on administrative leave by the Pirates. If found guilty, Vazquez’s baseball playing days are likely over.

Pirates reliever Nick Burdi was fully healthy and hitting tripe digits with his fastball before the remainder of spring training was suspended. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Burdi, 27, missed most all of 2019 after undergoing surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. However, he was impressing in spring training this year, allowing just one run while posting an 8/1 K/BB ratio in 4 2/3 innings. Burdi could be a candidate to close at some point should Keone Kela falter or get traded.

Category: Injury Updates

Mitch Keller allowed three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two in 2 1/3 innings in Monday's 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Keller yielded a two-run shot to Danny Jansen and saw his ERA rise to 7.50 across three appearances this spring. He expects to be a part of the Pirates rotation, owning a 1-5 record, 7.13 ERA, 1.83 WHIP and 65:16 K:BB across 11 starts last season. Keller has potential to be a late-round value pick, but will need to have better outings if he plans to stick in Pittsburgh's rotation.

Category: Game Recaps

Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to multiple reports. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2019, Marte batted .295 with 97 runs scored, 23 home runs, 83 RBI, and 25 stolen bases in 132 games for the Pirates. He joins Madison Bumgarner as key offseason acquisitions by the Diamondbacks as they attempt to climb back into contention in the NL West division.

Category: Transactions

Trevor Williams (7-9) took the loss Sunday against the Reds, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: Williams's start Sunday characterized his season pretty well; flashes of efficiency, but struggles to maintain consistency. He allowed two homers Sunday, bringing his season total to 27 in 145.2 innings. Overall, he will finish with a 7-9 record, a 5.38 ERA, and 113 strikeouts in 145.2 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Steve Baron went 1-for-1 with an RBI double in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Baron was called up in the beginning of September for depth at the catcher position, and has batted .200 with one double and one RBI.

Category: Game Recaps