The Pittsburgh Pirates have some excellent arms in the minor leagues. Now the ball team is trying to add a catcher that can grow with these pitchers as many of the Pirates young catchers have been unimpressive. Today, the Bucs signed Kawika Emsley-Pai, the Arizona Diamondbacks 10th round pick in the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft.
It’s a head scratcher why the Diamondbacks gave up on the 5’11” 195 backstop. He threw out 53 percent of the runners who tried to go and received a nice bonus of $70,000. He seems like another solid player from everything I read with some great teachers providing him instruction.
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Another interesting article…points out that Emsley-Pai has already suffered a facial injury, a broken nose.
“It was like, ‘Who’s the new guy?’ I didn’t feel like it was the right fit for me.”—Kawika Emsley-Pai on his arrival at University of Texas