The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed catcher Jose Godoy off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on Friday and he is active for tonight’s game. To make room on the 40-man roster, Taylor Davis has been designated for assignment. Davis was called up yesterday to replace Tyler Heineman, who was placed on the 10-day Injured List.
Godoy is 27 years old, with parts of two seasons in the majors, debuting with the Seattle Mariners last year when he hit .162/.225/.189 in 16 games. He has played two games this year with the Twins and doesn’t have a hit, though he has walked twice. He was not doing well in Triple-A this season with St Paul of the International League, hitting just .197/.272/.299 in 42 games. He had a .743 OPS last year in Triple-A, though he was playing in Tacoma, which is an extremely hitter-friendly park in a hitter-friendly league, so that OPS was 79 points below team average. He has never ranked among his team’s top 30 prospects for Baseball America since signing as an international free agent 11 years ago.
Prior to the last two seasons, he posted strong caught stealing rates, but he’s been at 17% success rate each of the last two years in the minors and runners are 7-for-7 against him in the majors.