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Minicamp 2017: Dream nears for Kingham, others

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Casey Sadler continued his elbow rehab with a Tuesday bullpen session. — MATT GAJTKA / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. — There are 35 lockers prepared in the Pirate City clubhouse for the voluntary minicamp this week, but only five of those belong to guys assured of major-league roster spots when the regular season begins April 3 in Boston.

Beyond the likes of Jameson TaillonChad KuhlJohn JasoAdam Frazier and Josh Bell, there are a handful of others here — A.J. SchugelSteven BraultTyler GlasnowTrevor WilliamsElias DíazDrew Hutchison — who have a reasonable chance to sit in the Fenway Park visitors' dugout.

That leaves more than 20 minicamp participants who will undoubtedly start in the minor leagues, but after last season, when the Pirates used a team-record 55 players, major-league dreams have never seemed more realistic for many in the organization.