The Pittsburgh Pirates are promoting catcher/right fielder Henry Davis to the majors tomorrow according to multiple local media members.
Sources: Pirates are promoting 2021 first overall pick Henry Davis to the big leagues for Monday's series against the Cubs at PNC Park. Story to come.
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Davis began the season in Altoona, where he hit .284/.433/.547 in 41 games, with 18 extra-base hits. He was just recently promoted to Indianapolis, where he was hitting .286/.432/.514 in ten games.
The 2021 first overall pick has been splitting his time between right field and catcher recently, with his last two games coming in right field. He’s played a total of 13 games this year in right field and 30 behind the plate. He played just two games in right field last year, though he got plenty of non-game work getting ready to play the position.
We will be able to tell the plans of the Pirates based on who he’s replacing on the active roster. While his bat seems to be ready for the majors, he needs work defensively at catcher and right field, with the latter due more to repetition.
The Pirates are home tomorrow night against the Chicago Cubs for what should be his big league debut.
More on this move tomorrow.
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