The Pirates Catching Depth Has Emerged From Greensboro

GREENSBORO, NC - The Pirates have built up some catching depth in their farm system, and that was on display in Greensboro this season.

They drafted Henry Davis with their first overall pick in 2021. Earlier that year, they added Endy Rodriguez as part of the Joe Musgrove trade. They traded for Abrahan Gutierrez at the 2021 deadline, adding another option to a mix that already included 2019 16th rounder Eli Wilson.

"I couldn't have asked for a better group of catchers," said Pirates catching coordinator Collin Wilber, who spent his first season in the organization working with this group. "Henry, Endy, Guti, Eli, it's been a lot of fun. They're all different. And they all do things well and have their weaknesses and have their strengths."

I sat down with Collin while I was with Gr...

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skliesen

If I’m BC, my plan A is to have Endy as the starting Catcher, Davis starting at 1B and Gutierrez as the backup C most nights in ‘24.

Hopefully Endy will be starting Catcher early next season with Roberto Perez backing him up and teaching him the intricacies of playing the position at the MLB level.

The Cobra

I wonder what type of contract Perez is looking for (as he’s already stated he’d like to come back)? Does 1-year, $2M do it? I would assume at that cost the Bucs would be interested.

AdministrativeSky236

I bet 1 yr 2-3 mil will be about what he gets, maybe we give him a little bump if he plays so many games for health

mpg43952

From the outhouse to (hopefully) the penthouse for the Bucs. What a development!

roberto

Gee, I wonder what FO team did that?

skliesen

If only he could apply these same skills to building a bullpen. Or an OF. Or 1B. Then maybe we wouldn’t be left wondering if the team will lose 100 games again.

Mtgj

It takes a little bit of time to build depth at each position. He is doing a really nice job in the minors. I agree it’s time to start seeing some results on the mlb team, but the minor league depth is looking really nice.

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