According to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league catcher Erick Fernandez. He spent the 2013 season with the Nationals, splitting time between two levels in low-A. He was released by the Washington Nationals on July 22nd.
The offensive numbers for Fernandez aren’t strong, and he will be in A-ball next year at the age of 25. He looks like extra catching depth for the lower levels. Earlier in the week the Pirates also signed another lower level catcher. The team usually needs extra catchers for Spring Training, and there will be a bigger need for lower level catchers with the addition of a new team in Bristol.