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Pirates Trade Tyler Heineman to Toronto Blue Jays for IF/OF Vinny Capra

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded catcher Tyler Heineman to the Toronto Blue Jays for IF/OF Vinny Capra. Heineman was designated for assignment earlier this week.

Heineman was with Indianapolis for most of this year, serving as the third-string catcher for Pirates. He appeared briefly in the majors when Austin Hedges was placed on the 7-day concussion Injured List.

Heineman had an 1.145 OPS in limited time with Indianapolis. He went 1-for-9 with the Pirates. He played 52 big league games for Pittsburgh last year after they acquired him from the Blue Jays. The 31-year-old is a .210/.276/.269 hitter over 85 big league games, though defense is his strong suit.

Capra appeared briefly in the majors with the Blue Jays last year, going 1-for-5 at the plate, while getting into eight games. He was currently on the Development List at Triple-A Buffalo this year, no longer on the 40-man roster. He has hit .167/.357/.222 in 17 games this year, seeing infield and outfield time.

The 26-year-old Capra hit .283/.378/.403 in 52 games for Buffalo last year. He then struggled in winter ball in the Dominican, putting up a .398 OPS in 11 games. He started as a shortstop in pro ball, then turned into more of a utility player, who has played all nine positions at some point. A large majority of his work has been shortstop/third base/second base.

He’s not really a speed or power guy, with 20 homers and 34 steals since being drafted out of college in the 20th round back in 2018. Capra has been assigned to Indianapolis.

As a side note to this deal, the Blue Jays cut former Pirates outfielder Jordan Luplow to make room on the 40-man roster for Heineman.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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