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Reyes clears waivers, outrighted to Indianapolis

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Pablo Reyes. -- AP

Pittsburgh may not have seen the last of Pablo Reyes. The utilityman has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis Thursday.

He was not part of the Pirates' announcement of spring training non-roster invitees, though he could still potentially make the majors again later in 2020.

The Pirates designated Reyes, 26, for assignment on Jan. 9 after signing Guillermo Heredia to a major league contract.

Reyes burst onto the major league scene with a memorable September call-up in 2018 but failed to capture the same magic in 2019. While he played well during spring training and earned a spot on the opening day roster, he was demoted to Triple-A in early May after hitting .128 with no extra base hits over 42 plate appearances. He did become the Indianapolis Indians' best hitter in 2019, slashing .286/.342/.543 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 191 PA, and looked better in his second major league stint, but evidently did not show enough to the new management that he was worthy of a spot on the 40-man roster.

Reyes signed with the Pirates out of the Dominican Republic in 2012 and steadily rose throughout the farm system.  He hit .203, with two home runs, 19 RBI and a .596 OPS over 71 games with the Pirates in 2019. He has two option years remaining.

The Pirates are currently fine in terms of outfield depth at the moment, but that could change if Starling Marte is dealt. While he is a second baseman and corner outfielder by trade, Reyes showed he could fill-in at center field last season, a useful skill since Bryan Reynolds and Heredia are the only other players on the roster who could potentially field that position.

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