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Pirates Taxi Squad

The Altoona Curve and Peoples Natural Gas Field will serve as the Alternate Training Site (aka "taxi squad") for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2020 season. The group of players will participate in daily workouts and intrasquad scrimmages at PNG Field to remain ready for game action.

Ben Cherington, Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager

"The Pirates organization is appreciative of the long-standing relationship we have had for over two decades with the Altoona Curve. The people, proximity, along with the first-class facility, makes Peoples Natural Gas Field an ideal choice to safely host our alternate training site for the upcoming season.”

Derek Martin, Altoona Curve General Manager

“The Curve and Pirates have shared a remarkable relationship since 1999. Being chosen as the alternate training facility really reinforces the strength of that relationship. Being 90 miles from PNC Park, Altoona is a great location to allow the Pirates to get a player to Pittsburgh, or wherever they need to get to, quickly and safely.”

Alternate Training Site Roster


Tyler Bashlor*
Cody Bolton
Blake Cederlind*
Miguel Del Pozo
Max Kranick
James Marvel
Nick Mears
Braeden Ogle
Aaron Shortridge


Christian Kelley
Deon Stafford


Ji-Hwan Bae
Rodolfo Castro
Will Craig*
Oneil Cruz*
Nick Gonzales
Ke'Bryan Hayes*
Mason Martin
Liover Peguero


Socrates Brito
Guillermo Heredia
Jason Martin*
Jared Oliva
Travis Swaggerty

*Indicated player on the Pirates' 40-man roster

Coaches: Brian Esposito, Joel Hanrahan, Jon Nunnally, Miguel Perez

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Latest News & Transactions

August 9: The Pirates optioned RHP Nick Mears to the Alternate Training Site, recalled INF Jose Osuna and selected the LHP Brandon Waddell from the Alternate Training Site

August 8: The Pirates optioned LHP Miguel Del Pozo to the Alternate Training Site and selected the contract of RHP Nick Mears from the Alternate Training Site

August 7: Added LHP Brandon Waddell to the 60-man player pool and assigned to the Alternate Training Site

August 6: The Pirates optioned OF Guillermo Heredia and INF Jose Osuna to the Alternate Training Site

August 3: RHP Yacksel Rios recalled by Pittsburgh from the Alternate Training Site roster

August 2: RHP Tyler Bashlor acquired from New York Mets and optioned to Alternate Training Site roster; RHP Cody Ponce and LHP Sam Howard recalled from Alternate Training Site

July 28: The Pirates placed RHP Kyle Crick and RHP Clay Holmes placed on the 10-day injured list, recalled RHP Geoff Hartlieb from the Alternate Training Site and selected the contract of LHP Miguel Del Pozo from the Alternate Training Site

July 27: The Pirates activated OF Gregory Polanco from the injured list; Moved OF Jason Martin to Alternate Training Site roster

July 24: Added C Deon Stafford to the 60-man player pool and assigned to the Alternate Training Site

July 23: Pirates set 30-man Opening Day roster

June 25: Pirates and Curve partner up for 2020 Alternative Training Site

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I come watch the Pirates’ workouts and intrasquad scrimmages?

A: Per MLB regulations, fans are not currently allowed inside the stadium to watch the Pirates Taxi Squad at PNG Field.