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Troy Snitker, left, talking to Dave Valesente.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded for another minor league catcher. This time it’s Troy Snitker, who was acquired from Atlanta for cash considerations a few days ago. So I guess technically, Brian Jeroloman is the “another catcher” since Snitker was added first.
I saw Snitker this morning at Pirate City. He was mostly spending time in the bullpen, warming up pitchers. He was drafted by Atlanta in the 19th round of the 2011 draft. He’s spent most of the last two years in rookie ball, combining for a .230/.317/.372 line in 183 at-bats. He made a few appearances in low-A and high-A, but only for a combined four games. Snitker will stay in extended Spring Training, meaning he’ll probably be depth for the games down here before the short-season leagues start.
I’ve mentioned this a few times in the last week, but the Pirates have been short on position players in the extended Spring Training group. Prior to this move they had four catchers, and if you’ve ever been to Pirate City, you’d see that there’s a need for more than this. Today, for example, there were three catchers warming pitchers up in the bullpen, not to mention the four catchers who were playing in the games. There will be less of a need when the full season teams break, but there will still be a need for catchers.
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Born: December 5, 1988
Height: 6′ 2″
Drafted: 19th round, 596th overall, 2011 (Braves)
How Acquired: Trade for cash considerations (from Braves)
College: North Georgia College and State University
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