Last year we saw Eric Fryer go from high-A to the majors in the span of one year. He made his debut at the Double-A level at the beginning of 2011, and ended up in the majors by mid-season. A big reason for the promotion to the majors was out of desperation. The Pirates had so many injuries to their catchers that they needed Fryer for 26 at-bats.
He got off to a hot start in Altoona, with a .345/.427/.549 line in 113 at-bats. He didn't fare so well with Indianapolis, posting a .203/.333/.314 line in 118 at-bats. But he was still moved up to the majors, where he had a .269/.345/.269 line in 26 at-bats.
Over the off-season the Pirates designated Fryer for assignment, clearing room on the 40-man roster. He cleared waivers, and was outrighted to Triple-A. Despite being outrighted, and despite every team in the majors passing on a waiver claim, we had him ranked as the 41st best prospect in the organization in the 2012 Prospect Guide, and the third best catching prospect behind Tony Sanch...
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