Left-hander Steven Brault, catcher Reese McGuire and right-hander Trevor Williams were among 12 minor-leaguers selected Monday as non-roster invitees to Pirates spring training in Bradenton, Fla.
Joining that trio of promising prospects are outfielder Antoan Richardson, infielders Juan Diaz, Adam Frazier and Dan Gamache, catchers Ed Easley and Jacob Stallings, left-handers Jim Fuller and Kelvin Marte and right-hander Chad Kuhl.
Brault, acquired in the Travis Snider trade last January, had a 2.43 ERA in 28 starts last season between Class A Bradenton and Class AA Altoona. His 125 strikeouts were second-most among Pirates minor-leaguers, trailing only top prospect Tyler Glasnow (136).
McGuire, 20, was the 14th overall pick in the 2013 draft and entered 2015 ranked as the Pirates fifth-best prospect, according to Baseball America. He hit .254 with a .301 on-base percentage in 98 games for Bradenton last season.
Williams came to the Pirates in a lopsided late-October trade in which the Miami Marlins, who had hired away Pirates pitching guru Jim Benedict the previous day, swapped Williams for right-hander Richard Mitchell, whose highest level of play is the Gulf Coast League.
Williams, 23, spent a majority of the 2015 season pitching for Class AA Jacksonville, where he posted a 4.00 ERA. He made three starts for Class AAA New Orleans, allowing four runs in 14 innings.
The Pirates now have a total of 17 non-roster invitees for spring training. Right-hander Wilfredo Boscan, left-handers Curtis Partch and Robert Zarate, infielder Cole Figueroa and outfielder Danny Ortiz received their invites earlier this offseason.
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First Published January 4, 2016 4:37 PM