Fryer will finally get an opportunity behind the plate.
If there's one theme that has surrounded Eric Fryer's career, it's that he's been blocked at every stage by a top catching prospect. With his promotion to AAA Indianapolis yesterday, he may finally get a chance to prove himself with regular playing time behind the plate.
Fryer was drafted in the 10th round of the 2007 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Unfortunately for Fryer, the Brewers also drafted a catcher in the third round, Jonathan Lucroy, who is currently their starting catcher in the majors. Fryer was blocked by Lucroy in the rookie leagues in 2007, and again in low-A in 2008. Fryer did catch 39 games in 2008, and was impressive with the bat, hitting for a .335/.407/.506 line in 385 at-bats.
Prior to the 2009 season, Fryer was traded to the New York Yankees in exchange for Chase Wright. Despite the change in scenery, Fryer was again blocked behind the plate. This time he was playing on the same team as Jesus ...
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