We usually don’t get minor league moves on Monday, unless they directly affect the big league team. However, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a move to address the injury bug that hit the Greensboro Grasshoppers hard behind the plate this past weekend.
Bradenton catcher Wyatt Hendrie has been promoted to Greensboro. He was a seventh round pick of the Pirates in 2021, who has moved slowly through the system to this point.
The 24-year-old Hendrie came from a strong San Diego State program, where he caught full-time in 2020 before the season was cut short due to the shutdown, then played 40 games behind the plate in 2021. The Pirates sent him to the Florida Complex League during his first year, where he hit .237/.348/.421 in 15 games.
Except for a very short stint on the Injured List early last year, he spent the entire season on the Bradenton roster, where he hit .248/.346/.360 in 81 games, while throwing out 35% of baserunners attempting to steal.
Hendrie missed a week due to a concussion this year. He’s hitting .200/.328/.291 in 17 games this season, while once again throwing out 35% of runners.
Claudio Finol has returned to Altoona to make room for Hendrie. Finol was catching with Luis Hernandez this weekend. Greensboro lost starter Abrahan Gutierrez and backup Eli Wilson due to injury on back-to-back days, so the Grasshoppers were using their third-string catcher, plus Altoona’s third-string catcher (Finol) to cover the innings.
If any more moves come up, we will post them here.
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