The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up catcher Eric Fryer from the Indianapolis Indians, and have designated Dusty Brown for assignment. Fryer was originally acquired by the Pirates in June 2009, in exchange for Eric Hinske. The Pirates paid the remainder of Hinske's 2009 salary to get Fryer and Casey Erickson, who was released prior to the season.
Last month, I broke down how Fryer has been blocked at every level by top catching prospects. When he was with Milwaukee, he was blocked by Jonathan Lucroy, who is the current Brewers starter. With New York, he was blocked by Jesus Montero and Austin Romine. Even for the last two years with the Pirates he's been mostly blocked by Tony Sanchez. His promotion to Indianapolis was the first time he was the number one catcher on the roster. He responded by hitting for a .262/.377/.446 line, and catching 19 of his 21 games, which was three more games than he caught in Altoona this year.
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