By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that Tyler Webb will not be making the club, and has been sent back to the New York Yankees.
During the Winter Meetings this past offseason, Webb was selected by the Pirates in the Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old lefty posted a 3.59 ERA last season, while pitching for the Yankees AAA affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Webb pitched very well this Spring with the Bucs, posting an ERA of 2.77 in nine appearances. Despite the good showing, it came down to a numbers game. Adam Berry, Pirates beat reporter for MLB.com, reported that Trevor Williams made the bullpen, after losing out to Tyler Glasnow for the fifth spot in the rotation, and Wade LeBlanc made it as well. It would have been nice to see the Pirates try and work out a deal with the Yankees to keep Webb in the organization, but that won’t be the case now.