The Pirates have announced they claimed catcher Matt Pagnozzi off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. To make room for Pagnozzi on the 40 man roster, Steven Pearce was transferred to the 60 day disabled list.
The 28 year old Pagnozzi had played seven games this season for the Rockies hitting .286 in 21 AB's. He also batted .275 in 54 AAA games this year. Matt made his major league debut in 2009 with the St Louis Cardinals and has a .317 career average in 28 games. He was drafted in the 8th round of the 2003 draft by the Cardinals and his uncle is former major league Tom Pagnozzi, who played catcher for the Cardinals from 1987-1998.
Pagnozzi gives the Pirates an option at the catcher position for next season if they decide not to pick up Ryan Doumit and/or Chris Snyder's 2012 club options....
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.