Pirates Sign Catcher Erick Fernandez

According to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league catcher Erick Fernandez. He spent the 2013 season with the Nationals, splitting time between two levels in low-A. He was released by the Washington Nationals on July 22nd.

The offensive numbers for Fernandez aren’t strong, and he will be in A-ball next year at the age of 25. He looks like extra catching depth for the lower levels. Earlier in the week the Pirates also signed another lower level catcher. The team usually needs extra catchers for Spring Training, and there will be a bigger need for lower level catchers with the addition of a new team in Bristol.

You can check out Fernandez’s Pirates Prospects player page here.

  • While I understand that this signing is probably just minor league fodder that is needed, I don’t understand why they didn’t sign Anderson De La Rosa instead who has played as high as AAA and has decent numbers as well for his minor league career.

    Just seems to me that you should take the better player regardless, and who knows, lightening might strike for you.

    • Probably because they’re signing guys for the lower levels, and someone who has played in Triple-A wouldn’t be signing to play in short-season ball.