by Zane Heiple
|Photo by web.minorleaguebaseball.com
A few days ago Fans From The Stands reported on how the Pittsburgh Pirates would be making a few moves with their roster to get them through interleague play and a doubleheader. Today they made a move that was not originally in those plans, when they designated catcher Dusty Brown for assignment and called up Eric Fryer from AAA Indianapolis. Fryer will be the seventh catcher to be on the Buccos roster this season.
Eric Fryer is a former tenth round pick of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He would become a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009, along with Casey Erickson, when they came over from the New York Yankees for Eric Hinske. Many scouts consider him to be an athletic catcher with good speed and a strong arm. He spent the 2009-10 seasons in the Pittsburgh organization at High A and was with AA Altoona to start the 2011 season.
His combined stats with Altoona and Indianapolis are a .315 batting average with seven home runs and twenty-five RBIs. Defensively behind the plate he has posted a .986 fielding position, while throwing out 25% of runners who have tried to steal. He has played outfield in the Minor Leagues, but since the Pirates only have two catchers on the roster he will be used to back up Michael McKenry.
Stay tuned to www.fansfromthestands.com for more roster updates as they happen.