I was checking the MLB.com transactions page tonight, and noticed that Carlos Paulino was assigned to the Pittsburgh Pirates, which is the wording used when a player receives a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Paulino is a catcher who has never caught above high-A, but has some strong defense highlighted by a cannon for an arm. With all of the pitchers in Spring Training, teams usually need a lot of catchers. Paulino is probably there for that reason.

I also checked the Pirates site and saw that Ivan De Jesus was listed as a non-roster invitee. I haven’t seen his name mentioned before as an NRI. De Jesus is a middle infielder who was acquired as part of the Joel Hanrahan trade with Boston. The Red Sox designated him for assignment in November, then outrighted him to Triple-A. De Jesus can play shortstop and second base, and should be in competition for the backup middle infield job in Spring Training.

Both players have been added to the Spring Training tracker.

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  1. Tim: Paulino definitely needs some defensive polish to go along with the big arm. As far as DeJesus, I hope we are committed to getting him some reps at AAA as a SS simply because he has made most of his defensive efforts at 2B the past few years. He has shown the ability to hit at every level of the minors, and if he can get his act together at SS, the Pirates may have a use for him around the AS Break. So far, none of the other Pirate hopefuls for SS have panned out and this could be a plug-in while waiting on someone like Alen Rery Hanson.

    • Good points, but I am still a Mercer fan and I’d rather see his JJ Hardyish power potential get reps at AAA.

      Perhaps DeJeezus can get reps at AA or play Barmes’ caddy in the majors?

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