Bucs DFA Williams, Osuna

From Mirror, wire reports

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates selected infielder Rodolfo Castro and pitcher Max Kranick to add to their 40-man roster on Friday.

To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Trevor Williams and INF/OF Jose Osuna were designated for assignment.

“We felt like it was unlikely we were going to be in a position to tender (him a contract),” general manager Ben Cherington said. “Once we determined that, we felt it (DFA) would make sense. We needed a spot and it made sense to make that move sooner. It speeds up the process for him (by) a couple weeks.”

The 21-year-old Castro was a member of Pittsburgh’s alternate training site this past season in Altoona. In 2019, the switch-hitting infielder recorded 73 RBIs between Greensboro and Bradenton, which ranked fourth among all Pirates minor leaguers. Castro, currently rated as Pittsburgh’s 26th-best prospect, was signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent in 2015.

He was named an All-Star three times in his first four seasons of professional baseball, receiving mid-season accolades in the Dominican Summer League in 2016, the Gulf Coast League post-season team in 2017, and a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star in 2019.

The 23-year-old Kranick, a right-hander, has gone 12-14 with a 3.34 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 51 appearances (47 starts) during his minor league career since being selected in the 11th round of the 2016 draft.

Kranick, who was a member of the club’s alternate training site roster in Altoona this past season, is currently rated as Pittsburgh’s 24th-best prospect according to MLBPipeline.

PITCHERS (23): Tyler Bashlor, Steven Brault, JT Brubaker, Blake Cederlind, Kyle Crick, Austin Davis, Michael Feliz, Carson Fulmer, Geoff Hartlieb, Clay Holmes, Sam Howard, Mitch Keller, Chad Kuhl, Max Kranick, Nick Mears, Joe Musgrove, Cody Ponce, Sean Poppen, Richard Rodriguez, Edgar Santana, Chris Stratton, Jameson Taillon, Nik Turley

CATCHERS (2): Michael Perez, Jacob Stallings

INFIELDERS (10) Josh Bell, Rodolfo Castro, Will Craig, Oneil Cruz, Phillip Evans, Adam Frazier, Erik Gonzalez, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Colin Moran, Kevin Newman

OUTFIELDERS (5): Anthony Alford, Jared Oliva, Gregory Polanco, Bryan Reynolds, Cole Tucker


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