Minor Moves: Kelly Shoppach Released; Carlos Paulino Promoted

Carlos Paulino has been promoted to Indianapolis.
Carlos Paulino has been promoted to Indianapolis.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released catcher Kelly Shoppach from Triple-A and have promoted Carlos Paulino from Altoona to Indianapolis. Obviously there wasn’t any need in the majors for Shoppach with the recent addition of John Buck. The reason they acquired him was to give him a shot as the third catcher. With Shoppach gone, Paulino takes over as one of the catchers in Triple-A. He should stay there through the end of the season, and provides a strong defensive option for the playoffs.

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If Paulino could even hit a little,he would be a real prospect as he is tough defensively with a strong arm and quick transfer and release.

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