The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted Ramon Cabrera to Indianapolis. The catcher will move up in time for the final games of the season, plus the playoffs. Last night Tony Sanchez fouled a ball off his foot, so this move could be related to that injury.
Cabrera hit for a .276/.342/.367 line in 384 at-bats this year in Altoona. He started off slow in the first half, but was on fire in the second half, with a .346/.417/.468 line in 156 at-bats.
The Pirates also promoted Jacob Stallings from State College to Altoona. Stallings, taken in the seventh round of the 2012 draft, was hitting for a .235/.332/.341 line in 217 at-bats. He’s got good defense behind the plate, highlighted by a great arm. The move was probably made out of convenience, since State College is so close to Altoona, and Altoona needed a catcher.
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