Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates

When Jeff Karstens takes the mound, Michael McKenry is usually the guy behind the plate. It's been that way for the past two seasons more often than not, but the two work well and have fun together.

"It’s a lot of fun because there’s a lot of trickery involved, different aspects of the game that you can fiddle with and play with," McKenry said. "He’s a lot of fun to catch. It’s like playing wiffle ball every fifth day. Whether I’m catching him or not, it’s fun to watch. It’s a blast."

There's a comfort level, too. Karstens said that prior to his outing, they both come prepared with their reports and they go over their game plans. They discuss their plan of action, and pitching coach Ray Searage the last couple times hasn't even been in there.

"T...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.