The Pittsburgh Pirates have the excellent arms, today the Bucs tried to get a solid catcher when they signed Kawika Emsley-Pai

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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. 

Minor league numbers with the Diamondbacks

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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

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