Pittsburgh Pirates: Five Locks to Come off the 40-Man Roster

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 21: Left fielder Jared Oliva #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball hit by Josh Rojas #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 21, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 21: Left fielder Jared Oliva #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball hit by Josh Rojas #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 21, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 25: Taylor Davis #2 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 25, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 25: Taylor Davis #2 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 25, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Catcher Taylor Davis

Right-handed hitting catcher Taylor Davis has spent the majority of his professional career in the minor leagues. Most of this time was spent in the farm system of the Chicago Cubs. He has had limited MLB experience, however.

Davis made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 2017, and also played for the Cubs in 2018 and 2019. But, he did not play in the Majors n 2020. In fact, as part of the COVID season of 2020 Davis did not play in any professional games whatsoever. Following the season he landed with the Baltimore Orioles.

When the 2021 minor league season opened Davis found himself playing at the Triple-A level for Baltimore. On June 15th the Pittsburgh Pirates traded for Davis to add to the organization’s catcher depth.

During the month of September this depth was tested. When Jacob Stallings hit the 7-day injured list with a concussion it was Davis whose contract was purchased from Indianapolis. While Davis went 2-for-5 with a walk in 2021, he will be removed from the 40-man roster this offseason. Hell, odds are, the backup catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2022 is not currently in the organization as Michael Perez also appears to be a safe bet to be removed from the 40-man roster.

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