The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted catcher Elias Diaz from Altoona to Indianapolis. Ramon Cabrera, who was recently claimed off waivers, replaces Diaz on the Altoona roster.
Diaz has a .328/.378/.445 line in 326 at-bats with Altoona this year. Earlier today I wrote about his progression, looking back at the scouting report on him coming into the season. He's always had the strong defense, but the hitting this year has come together. He has emerged as the top backup catching option in the future for the Pirates, with a chance to become a starter if his offense keeps up at this high level.
Diaz should spend the first half of the 2015 season with Indianapolis, and could make the majors next year. For now, he should split time with Tony Sanchez behind the plate in Triple-A....
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