This will be our third season writing about the Pirates on this blog. While much has changed… a lot has actually stayed the same. Look no further than the roster the last few years: many role players have come and gone, but the core is still in place. Just for fun, here’s a look at the Pirates’ Opening Day rosters from 2012, 2013, and 2014…

Opening Day Rotation
2012 2013 2014
Erik Bedard A.J. Burnett Francisco Liriano
Jeff Karstens Wandy Rodriguez Gerrit Cole
James McDonald James McDonald Charlie Morton
Kevin Correia Jonathan Sanchez Wandy Rodriguez
Jeff Locke Edinson Volquez
Disabled List
A.J. Burnett Francisco Liriano Jeff Locke
Charlie Morton Charlie Morton
Jeff Karstens
Opening Day Bullpen
2012 2013 2014
Joel Hanrahan Jason Grilli Jason Grilli
Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Mark Melancon
Tony Watson Tony Watson Tony Watson
Chris Resop Justin Wilson Justin Wilson
Jared Hughes Jared Hughes Bryan Morris
Juan Cruz Jeanmar Gomez Jeanmar Gomez
Evan Meek Chris Leroux Stolmy Pimentel
Opening Day Catchers
2012 2013 2014
Rod Barajas Russell Martin Russell Martin
Michael McKenry Michael McKenry Tony Sanchez
Disabled List
Chris Stewart
Opening Day Infielders
2012 2013 2014
Pedro Alvarez Pedro Alvarez Pedro Alvarez
Clint Barmes Clint Barmes Clint Barmes
Josh Harrison Josh Harrison Josh Harrison
Neil Walker Neil Walker Neil Walker
Garrett Jones Garrett Jones Travis Ishikawa
Casey McGehee Gaby Sanchez Gaby Sanchez
Yamaico Navarro John McDonald Jordy Mercer
Matt Hague
DL: Brandon Inge
Opening Day Outfielders
2012 2013 2014
Andrew McCutchen Andrew McCutchen Andrew McCutchen
Alex Presley Starling Marte Starling Marte
Jose Tabata Jose Tabata Jose Tabata
Nate McLouth Travis Snider Travis Snider

Like every year, there will be plenty of other players passing through Pittsburgh. Chris Stewart will come back from injury, Jeff Locke and other pitching depth options like Brandon Cumpton will be around, and top prospects Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco may get their call to the show.

Here’s what bench coach Jeff Banister tweeted after the Pirates were eliminated from the NLDS last October:

 

The Pirates flirted with success in 2012. They finally conquered a couple two-decade long droughts in 2013. Will they kick the door down in 2014? Can’t wait to find out.

Go Bucs

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  1. Pingback: Three Reasons Why the Pirates Will/Won't Return to the Postseason in 2014 | From Forbes to Federal 30 Mar, 2014

    […] you check out the Opening Day roster comparison we posted on Sunday, there are a lot of important players returning from 2013. Each Pirate hitter […]

  2. burghfan66 on March 31, 2014

    Please get Inge off the 2014 roster. Even on the DL that scares me.

  3. fromforbestofederal Author on March 31, 2014

    AH good catch. I didn’t have him on there at all until someone let me know on Twitter that I forgot about him. Put him in the wrong spot. Thanks for the heads-up.

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