Originally posted on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 2/17/13
DEVIN IVANY CATCHER Born: July 27, 1982 Height: 6’2″ Weight: 185 Bats: Right Throws: Right Drafted: 6th Round, 174th overall, 2004 (Expos) How acquired: Minor League Free Agent High School: University of South Florida Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Ivany was one of the last links for the Nationals to the Expos, the team that drafted him.  He looked like a decent prospect for about two years, in 2005-06, but his bat didn’t hold up.  He ended up as an organizational catcher for the Nats, staying with them for nine years.  He’s a good defensive catcher who receives well and has a solid arm. 2004 A-:  125/143/125, 48 AB, 1 BB, 5 K, 0-1 SB A:  170/239/208, 106 AB, 4 2B, 8 BB, 21 K, 2-2 SB Ivany opened in short season ball after signing, but the Expos soon promoted him to low A.  Obviously, he didn’t hit at all. 2005 A:  262/315/428, 409 AB, 27 2B, 1 3B, 13 HR, 25 BB, 65 K, 7-14 SB The team, now the Nationals, sent Ivany back to low A and he had a solid season at the plate, including decent power, while throwing out 39% of opposing base stealers.  After the season, Baseball America ranked him as the 19th best prospect in a system that was desperately thin at that point. 2006 A:  262/311/359, 446 AB, 19 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 25 BB, 64 K, 12-15 SB Ivany had almost exactly the same season in high A, except most of his power went away. 2007 R:  333/500/333, 3 AB, 1 BB, 2 K A:  167/333/250, 12 AB, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 K, 1-1 SB A+:  275/313/427, 131 AB, 5 2B, 5 HR, 7 BB, 26 K, 4-6 SB AA:  178/244/233, 73 AB, 4 2B, 7 BB, 21 K, 1-2 SB Ivany started the season in AA, but struggled and was sent to extended spring training.  He eventually worked his way back up to high A. 2008 A+:  250/318/400, 40 AB, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 8 K AA:  262/327/442, 206 AB, 9 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 16 BB, 50 K, 4-7 SB Spending most of the season catching part-time in AA, Ivany had one of his better hitting years. 2009 A+:  269/360/474, 171 AB, 14 2B, 7 HR, 25 BB, 30 K, 2-6 SB Despite his good showing in AA the previous year, the Nationals sent Ivany to high A, where he served as the backup catcher and hit very well against less experienced competition. 2010 AA:  289/388/470, 83 AB, 3 2B, 4 HR, 12 BB, 27 K, 1-2 SB AAA:  197/269/299, 137 AB, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 15 BB, 36 K, 5-7 SB Ivany finally got a shot at AAA, although he didn’t hit there. 2011 AA:  231/292/340, 156 AB, 8 2B, 3 HR, 12 BB, 36 K, 3-7 SB Ivany settled in as the backup catcher at AA Harrisburg and declined at the plate. 2012 AA:  212/266/333, 156 AB, 6 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 10 BB, 28 K, 1-1 SB Back at Harrisburg, Ivany’s hitting declined some more.  The Nationals released him near the end of the season. Ivany provides the Pirates with some upper level catching depth.  He’ll most likely battle for the backup catching job at Altoona, but could also serve in that role at Indianapolis or even Bradenton. STATS Baseball Reference–Majors Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MLB.com MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Minor league contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: $160,000 MiLB Debut: 2004 MLB Debut: N/A MiLB FA Eligible: 2013 MLB FA Eligible: 2019 Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible Added to 40-Man: N/A Options Remaining: 3 MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS June 5, 2001: Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 9th round, 269th overall pick. June 7, 2004: Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 6th round, 174th overall pick; signed on June 23. November 6, 2010: Became a free agent. January 28, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Washington Nationals. November 2, 2011: Became a free agent. January 6, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Washington Nationals. August 14, 2012: Released by the Washington Nationals. Febuary 7, 2013: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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