The Pirates signed Emsley-Pai to a minor league deal.

I've been meaning to post this minor news for the last few days, but kept putting it on the back burner. The Pirates signed minor league catcher Kawika Emsley-Pai to a minor league deal on Thursday. Emsley-Pai was drafted in the tenth round of the 2010 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was released in December. He hit for a .167/.265/.200 line in 90 at-bats in short season A-ball.

As Colin Dunlap points out, the Arizona front office was overhauled after the draft, which might have led to this decision.  The scout who signed Emsley-Pai, Jim Dedrick, now works for the Pirates, and might have played a role in this signing.  Emsley-Pai is likely to catch in West Virginia, although he had back issues last year, which should lim...

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