Originally written January 04, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
This is the first of a series covering the Pirates’ minor league depth position by position. The idea is to take a look at the players the system has available at a position, level by level. No organization has prospects at every position and every level. It’s interesting to see just how well the Pirates are covered at each spot by players who at least have some chance to turn into major leaguers, and how many spots will have to be manned by organizational players. The first installment covers the catchers. As we all saw in 2011, a team can run through its catching depth in a hurry. This can happen in the minors as well as the majors; it’s not unusual for a team to have to pick up a catcher or two late in the season to fill vacancies created by injuries and/or promotions. The Pirates have been especially active in the last couple years, adding quite a few young catchers who’ve been let go by other organizations. So far, those moves have worked out surprisingly well, leaving the syst...
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