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.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
Do they plan on using him as a catcher? Seems like a candidate to try at pitching.
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