The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of 26-year-old catcher Dwight Childs, who spent the 2013-14 seasons playing independent ball. Catching for the St. Paul Saints and the New Jersey Jackals in 2014, he hit .208/.270/.250 in 67 games. He spent the entire 2013 season with the Saints.
Childs was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 18th round in 2009 out of the University of Arizona. Over four seasons in the Indians’ system, he played a total of just 90 games, though he did fill in twice in AAA briefly. In his career, he has thrown out 32% of attempted base runners, including 47% during the 2014 season.
The New Jersey Jackals announced the deal on the Can-Am League website.