Minor Moves: Greensboro Loses Another Catcher

One day after the Greensboro Grasshoppers had to place starting catcher Abrahan Gutierrez on the Injured List for a second time this season, they are down another catcher. Here’s a look at today’s minor league moves. If anything else comes up today, this article will be updated below.

Eli Wilson was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance last night and had to leave for a pinch-runner. He is now on the 7-day Injured List himself. It’s rough timing, because he was going to do the bulk of the catching with Gutierrez out.

Claudio Finol has been assigned from Altoona to Greensboro. Finol has only caught four games in pro ball, but he has been groomed for that emergency third-string catcher spot by working as a bullpen catcher. He was doing that same role back in 2021 when he caught his first two games.

Finol just caught last night for Altoona, but they got Dylan Shockley back from a short stint with Indianapolis, putting Finol back in that third-string spot behind Shockley and starter Henry Davis.

Finol will split the catching duties with Luis Hernandez, who was the third-string option for Greensboro, assuming the same role Finol had in Altoona. That’s quite a difference from this time a year ago when Greensboro had Davis, Gutierrez and Endy Rodriguez splitting catching time, along with Eli Wilson as a fourth option.

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Claudio Finol is one of the most decent and polite young men I have ever met. He speaks flawless English as a second language and is willing to do anything that benefits the team. I hope for his continued success.

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