Pirates Sign Catcher Beau Maggi

According to Baseball America’s transactions, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Beau Maggi as a minor league free agent. He is the brother of Andrew Maggi, who served as a utility fielder for Altoona this past year. The younger Maggi was a 24th round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals out of Arizona State in 2012. Andrew was also drafted out of Arizona State, taken in the 15th round in 2010.

In three seasons in the Royals organization, Beau played just 70 games total, hitting .186/.338/.262 in 183 at-bats. He actually filled in at AAA in 2014 for four games, though 62 of his other 66 games player came in rookie ball, so the roster placement was based more on need than a promotion he earned. On defense, he has thrown out 30% of runners during his pro career.

It is likely that Beau will serve as a catcher in Extended Spring Training and only see time before that if a team is in need of a catcher short-term due to injuries. He could find a place on one of the short-season teams once they begin play in June.

You can view his player page here.

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.

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Not having regular TV feed, I’m at a loss sometimes for pronunciations. Is it like LeeFoo intimates: The Gift of the “_____”; or like Rod Stewart’s “____”? Or possibly something else like “Mah – ghee”?


Ma gee( whiz )


Probably a good way to explain it though that is the point I was trying to make also. That is the way he has it announced.

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The gift of the Maggis.

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