Pirates Send Pearce To Minors

After the Pirates converted Steve Pearce from a first baseman to a full-time outfielder earlier this spring to get his bat into the major league lineup, the team has sent him and nine other players down to minor league camp.

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen and third baseman Neil Walker, the team’s top two prospects, were also sent down. McCutchen, Walker and Pearce should form a formidable trio of Baseball America Top 100 prospects in Triple-A Indianapolis to begin the year.

Shortstop Brian Bixler, second baseman Luis Cruz and righthanders T.J. Beam, Bryan Bullington, Brian Rogers, Marino Salas and Ty Taubenheim were the other seven Pirates sent down to minor league camp.