It was only a matter of time before the Pirates reassigned Jameson Taillon to their minor league camp, the better to put their No. 2 prospect on a regular schedule. He had plenty of time to impress a national audience as well as his employers before that happened.

The Pirates removed Taillon and 10 others from major league camp Monday, thinning the ranks to 51. They optioned right-handers Vic Black, Stolmy Pimentel, Hunter Strickland and Duke Welker, first baseman Clint Robinson and right fielder Jerry Sands to Class AAA Indianapolis. They also sent right-hander Erik Cordier, infielders Matt Hague and Anderson Hernandez and outfielder Darren Ford to the minor league camp.

The Pirates delayed their first round of cuts because of the World Baseball Classic and injuries, but felt the moves made room for competition in the major league camp while allowing those who won't make the active roster to play.

"The worst thing we can do as a front office is leave a guy in camp late, he's played nine innings once, he's gotten four at-bats once, he's gotten an at-bat there, he's gotten sporadic defense -- and then we run him out there for six straight days in [Class AAA], nine innings a pop," general manager Neal Huntington said. "It's just not fair."