The Pittsburgh Pirates had some player movement as the new week starts for the minor league season. Here’s a rundown, starting with the big news that was broken over the weekend.
Catcher Henry Davis has been promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. That was after hitting .284/.433/.547 through the first two months of the season with Double-A Altoona. He had 18 extra-base hits, seven steals and 32 walks in 41 games, while posting an 18.7% strikeout rate.
Tim Williams took an in depth look at the catching combo of Davis and Endy Rodriguez.
The move of Davis up a level created a spot for catcher Abrahan Gutierrez to move up to Altoona from High-A Greensboro. He had two stints on the Injured List this year, so he hasn’t played much.
The 23-year-old Gutierrez is hitting .260/.360/.403 through 20 games. His OPS is just four points lower than the mark he put up for Greensboro last year.
To make room on the Indianapolis roster, backup catcher Grant Koch has been moved to the Development List. He hit .228/.308/.386 in 19 games, seeing most of his time when Endy Rodriguez was on the Injured List.
Pitcher Tyler Chatwood has joined Indianapolis, after pitching rehab games with Bradenton. The 33-year-old big league veteran allowed four runs over 7.1 innings, while walking six batters. The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal in December. He began the 2023 season on the Injured List.
Pitcher Yunior Thibo was promoted from Low-A Bradenton to Greensboro. He had a 2.75 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 17 strikeouts over 19.2 innings this year in 14 games for Bradenton.
The 24-year-old right-hander spent all of 2022 in Bradenton, where he had a 4.42 ERA, a 1.55 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 53 innings.
Pitcher Geronimo Franzua was sent to the FCL Pirates on rehab today. The free agent minor league signing didn’t pitch this year until making his debut this afternoon.
Pitcher Weslyn Touissant has been released. The 20-year-old pitched 22 innings for the 2021 DSL Pirates, but he was injured for the entire 2020 season. He had a 5.73 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 2021.
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