By Jason Shetler
According to John Dreker of Pirates Prospects, the Pirates have purchased the contract of catcher Zane Chavez from the Laredo Lemurs of the American Association.
Chavez was drafted by the Kansas City Royals back in 2005 as a 19th round selection. The soon-to-be 30-year-old played four seasons in Independent ball before joining the Baltimore Orioles organization prior to 2013.
In 2015, Chavez returned to Indy ball, playing for the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the AA. He played in 70 games this year with Laredo, as he batted .260 along with a .715 OPS. Behind the plate, Chavez did a solid job of throwing out basestealers with a caught stealing rate of 35%. The Pirates will use Chavez as an extra catcher in Spring Training, and most likely as a reserve backstop, possibly with their AA affiliate, the Altoona Curve.