The Pirates drafted Schoenfeld in the 10th round of the 2009 draft.
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted their catcher of the future when they took Tony Sanchez in the first round of the 2009 draft. However, in the 10th round they selected a catcher out of the prep ranks when they selected Joey Schoenfeld. Schoenfeld signed for $195,000, which is considered over-slot for a 10th round pick, passing up a commitment to play at San Diego State.
Joey is a very athletic catcher with a lot of hitting potential. In 2010 he had 64 at-bats in the pitcher friendly Gulf Coast League, and hit for a .281/.387/.344 line. Some scouts have said that Schoenfeld could hit well enough in the future to eventually move to a corner outfield spot, but the Pirates will most likely keep him behind the plate as long as possible.
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.