Pirates Sign A Minor League Catcher

In addition to the roster moves from earlier this afternoon, Baseball America has announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Devin Ivany to a minor league deal. Like the two earlier moves, Ivany is strictly on a minor league deal, with no invite to Spring Training.

The 30-year-old catcher has spent his entire career in the minors, and hasn’t played above Double-A. Last year he hit for a .212/.266/.333 line in 156 at-bats with Washington’s Double-A affiliate, before being released in August. Ivany should add to the organizational depth at catcher this year, competing for a backup job in Altoona or Bradenton. More immediately, he’ll add another catcher in minor league Spring Training, which is always important.

  • I’m retired; what do these “extras” get paid? I could try “hiding” behind a catcher’s mitt, and retrieve a thrown ball. On second thought……..

  • Sounds like he is the perfect fit. I would think though that catchers are not a dime a dozen and the industry would lack extras. Or maybe it is quite the opposite, but the way I see it, it is a position of non-stop stress and not alot of fanfare.

  • I love the last line in this article. It basically says they need a body that pitchers can throw at. Most importantly, it’s a body that the Pirates can rely on to not be killed in the process of catching a 90 mph fastball…or anything that moves for that matter.

    • If you’ve ever been to minor league camp, then you’d know what I’m saying. Most days they’ll have three games at Pirate City (one of them an intrasquad game). So that’s four catchers, plus 3-4 other catchers to work the second half of the game. They also have 4 bullpen mounds to warm up pitchers for each game. Usually 1-2 catchers take that job, and they might even be the guys who are coming in for the second half of the games. So you’ve got 8-9 catchers there.

      Then you’ve also got two teams on the road, complete with about 4-5 catchers for those games and for the bullpens.

      In short, you need a lot of catchers for Spring Training.