Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 3/30/13
TROY SNITKER CATCHER Born: December 5, 1988 Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 210 Bats: Right Throws: Right Drafted: 19th round, 596th overall, 2011 (Braves) How Acquired: Trade for cash considerations (from Braves) College: North Georgia College and State University Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES The Braves drafted Snitker as a junior out of college, where he was his team’s best hitter. He played infield as well as catching. He seems to have stepped straight into an organizational role with Atlanta. The Pirates acquired him for cash at the end of spring training in 2013. 2011 R:  200/282/345, 110 AB, 7 2B, 3 HR, 8 BB, 25 K, 0-1 SB A:  222/222/333, 9 AB, 1 2B, 3 K The Braves assigned Snitker to the GCL, which is a low level for a college draftee.  He didn’t hit much and threw out 27% of opposing base stealers. 2012 R+:  274/369/411, 73 AB, 7 2B, 1 HR, 10 BB, 24 K A+:  000/000/000, 3 AB, 1 K Snitker moved up to advanced rookie ball and hit much better.  He threw out only two of 23 base stealers there. The Pirates acquired Snitker because they were short on catchers at the lower levels of the system.  He isn’t likely to be more than an organizational catcher. STATS Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Minor League Contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: N/A MiLB Debut: 2011 MLB Debut: N/A MiLB FA Eligible: 2018 MLB FA Eligible: N/A Rule 5 Eligible: 2015 Added to 40-Man: N/A Options Remaining: 3 MLB Service Time: N/A TRANSACTIONS June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 19th round, 596th overall pick; signed on June 16. March 27, 2013: Traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
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