Pirates Sign Catcher Chris Harvey

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Chris Harvey as a non-drafted free agent. He attended Vanderbilt the past three seasons and still had a year of eligibility left, but decided to turn pro. Harvey is a 21-year-old 6’5″, 225 pounds, right-handed hitter. This season he batted .294/.347/.338 in 68 at-bats. Despite his size, he hasn’t homered in three seasons of serving as the Vanderbilt back-up catcher. He has thrown out 18% of base runners in his career. Harvey will begin his pro career with the Bristol Pirates.

  • Do they plan on using him as a catcher? Seems like a candidate to try at pitching.

    • John Dreker
      July 2, 2014 3:01 pm

      From what I read on Vanderbilt boards about him, it sounds like they think he should be hitting for power and his future is at 1B or a corner outfield spot. The Pirates signed him as a catcher and that’s his position, so for now, I’d assume he is a catcher. I would rule out pitching for now because he seems to have power potential, just never got a good chance to play regularly with Vanderbilt