As we creep closer to the opening day of the baseball season fringe players are learning their fates, or at least most of them are. On Tuesday Brandon Inge and Jonathan Sanchez both learned that they made the cut with the Pittsburgh Pirates. One Pirate veteran is still twisting in the wind and that is outfielder Felix Pie.
There was a time when Pie was one of the biggest prospects in all of baseball, but that was five years and two organizations ago. Last season he spent the whole year in Triple-A. He has never had 300 at bats in a single season in the majors and if things keep going the way they are he never will.
Pie has been hot this spring. He has a .318 batting average with two home runs and eight runs batted in. He has played well enough to earn a reserve outfielder spot, but there is still no word that he made the club. With Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, Travis Snider and Starling Marte as obvious choices the final outfield spot seems to come down to Pie and Alex Presley. With Presley still having a minor league option I would think the Pirates would keep Pie and wait for the inevitable injury to roll around and call up Presley later in the year.
The time is now for the 28 year old Pie. If he isn’t going to make the Pirates they should allow him the chance to catch on elsewhere. Each day that goes by will make it that much harder for Pie to find a home.