Pirates Sign A Minor League Catcher

In addition to the roster moves from earlier this afternoon, Baseball America has announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Devin Ivany to a minor league deal. Like the two earlier moves, Ivany is strictly on a minor league deal, with no invite to Spring Training.

The 30-year-old catcher has spent his entire career in the minors, and hasn’t played above Double-A. Last year he hit for a .212/.266/.333 line in 156 at-bats with Washington’s Double-A affiliate, before being released in August. Ivany should add to the organizational depth at catcher this year, competing for a backup job in Altoona or Bradenton. More immediately, he’ll add another catcher in minor league Spring Training, which is always important.

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NorCal Buc

I’m retired; what do these “extras” get paid? I could try “hiding” behind a catcher’s mitt, and retrieve a thrown ball. On second thought……..


Sounds like he is the perfect fit. I would think though that catchers are not a dime a dozen and the industry would lack extras. Or maybe it is quite the opposite, but the way I see it, it is a position of non-stop stress and not alot of fanfare.

Ian Rothermund

I love the last line in this article. It basically says they need a body that pitchers can throw at. Most importantly, it’s a body that the Pirates can rely on to not be killed in the process of catching a 90 mph fastball…or anything that moves for that matter.

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