Pirates Claim Matt Pagnozzi

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.

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  • Anonymous

    “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.”

    It’s a trap. The FO wants to scare us into wanting Doumit.

    • Anonymous

      It doesn’t say a “good” option :)

    • Anonymous

      It’s working.

    • http://twitter.com/bucco_resist Ian Rothermund

      At least it’s someone that’s shown the ability to hit for average, something not many people have going for them on the lineup as of right now.  It’s not us picking up another waiver guy hoping he’ll turn it around after hitting .150.  I mean, those guys have their place, and you need to take inexpensive chances like that when you’re in the position the Pirates are in, I’m just sick of seeing guys like that. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m liking Doumit more and more considering the other options.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

      Agreed.  Fort and Fryer in AAA.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

      Agreed.  Fort and Fryer in AAA.  

  • Anonymous

    Pagnozzi is one of the hardest young catchers, I have had the opportunity to see play and speak with he will be a great asset to the Pirates.  Good head on his shoulders improving batting each year and a strong Cather behind the plate which is where it counts getting those much need called strikes.