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Pirates Sign Catcher Chris Harvey

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Chris Harvey as a non-drafted free agent. He attended Vanderbilt the past three seasons and still had a year of eligibility left, but decided to turn pro. Harvey is a 21-year-old 6’5″, 225 pounds, right-handed hitter. This season he batted .294/.347/.338 in 68 at-bats. Despite his size, he hasn’t homered in three seasons of serving as the Vanderbilt back-up catcher. He has thrown out 18% of base runners in his career. Harvey will begin his pro career with the Bristol Pirates.

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John Dreker

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.

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  • Pie Rat

    Do they plan on using him as a catcher? Seems like a candidate to try at pitching.

    • John Dreker

      From what I read on Vanderbilt boards about him, it sounds like they think he should be hitting for power and his future is at 1B or a corner outfield spot. The Pirates signed him as a catcher and that’s his position, so for now, I’d assume he is a catcher. I would rule out pitching for now because he seems to have power potential, just never got a good chance to play regularly with Vanderbilt

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