The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted catcher Elias Diaz from Altoona to Indianapolis. Ramon Cabrera, who was recently claimed off waivers, replaces Diaz on the Altoona roster.

Diaz has a .328/.378/.445 line in 326 at-bats with Altoona this year. Earlier today I wrote about his progression, looking back at the scouting report on him coming into the season. He’s always had the strong defense, but the hitting this year has come together. He has emerged as the top backup catching option in the future for the Pirates, with a chance to become a starter if his offense keeps up at this high level.

Diaz should spend the first half of the 2015 season with Indianapolis, and could make the majors next year. For now, he should split time with Tony Sanchez behind the plate in Triple-A.

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    • If Sanchez could hit we could find a place for him, but he’s not a worldbeater when it comes to the bat either.

  1. With the quality depth the pirates have at catcher it makes me feel a bit more comfortable with the likelyhood of losing martin. Not happy,just comfortable.

  2. He should (imo) play over Sanchez who continues to have throwing yips.

    He is our best defensive catcher in the minors and has really started to hit.

    If we don’t sign Martin, I say we make Diaz our #1 catcher (his defense is MLB caliber right now) in 2015 and hope the hitting aspect catches up.

    Sanchez/Stewart combo would make me cringe…..

    Fooaz

    • Lee I concentrated on watching him behind the plate last night for 6 innings, and physically he could be playing MLB right now for sure. Of course I don’t know about his calls and how he handles the game mentally, but Carlos Garcia is really high on him for those aspects also.

      • ly/lw: I think a big message has been sent to Tony Sanchez – get better or get out of the way. Diaz looks like a nice prospect, and his all around skills as a Catcher would be greatly enhanced by some time alongside Russell Martin. Glad to see the Pirates make this move – it is aggressive, but necessary.

        I guess the Pirates are still playing dueling mind games with Alen Hanson, a 21 year old middle infielder with tons of potential. The present is not that bad either as he is among the team leaders in 5 offensive categories – .279 batting average/21 doubles/11 triples/10 HR’s/56 RBI’s from a switchhitting leadoff batter. I think they should keep him at AA until he quits making errors, or another way of saying that is “the floggings shall continue until morale improves.” Some players need a pat on the back and others need a kick in the butt – let’s hope we know what will inspire the kid rather than break him.

        • emjay : not making excuses,but Hanson seems to make many of the mental mistakes that Marte makes, but in different circumstances. Hanson’s tend to affect his defense, while Marte’s show up at bat and on the bases more. I think these mental type mistakes come from guys who have plenty of physical tools,but do not really know the game all that well yet and tend to lose focus.

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