The Pittsburgh Pirates have two of the best catching prospects in Baseball. When Neal Huntington was fired he did not leave a single catching prospect inside the team's top 30. It was a glaring hole for the Front Office that continued to plug in veterans instead of developing prospects.
It was clear that Ben Cherington was going to be looking at improving the catching prospect depth as part of his rebuild. However, he did not do it right away. It took over a year for him to acquire a catching prospect in a deal. That prospect would be Endy Rodriguez who came over in the three-team trade with the Mets and Padres.
Then the team had the top selection in the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft. The team selected Louisville catcher Henry Davis at the spot. Between Davis being picked 1:1 and Endy breaking out the Bucs went from no depth to being in a really good position.
The Pittsburgh Pirates catching depth has taken a hit but could speed up the timeline for Henry Davis.
That was the case until recently. Last week, Endy Rodriguez hit the Minor League Injury List with forearm tightness. Obviously not a good sign and there has not been much of an update since the roster move.
If you are a Baseball fan you know that forearm tightness is very suggestive to missing a large amount of time. So with that being said is it realistic to think that Henry Davis might actually make the Pittsburgh Pirates roster before Rodriguez?
This could be the case even know Davis has not played at the Triple-A level. A couple of things could play out for Davis. He could be moved to Triple-A to get that final level of experience as well as getting to work with future Big League pitchers like Luis Ortiz and Quinn Priester. We have also seen the Bucs call up prospects straight from Altoona, so they could just keep him there if they feel that he is getting the proper work needed.