By Jason Shetler
According to Kayla Thompson of Indy Ball Island, the Pirates have signed catcher/first baseman Jose Barraza from the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League.
Barraza was drafted by the Chicago White Sox as a seventh round selection in 2012. The 22-year-old spent the first couple seasons of his professional career playing for the White Sox rookie clubs. One of those was Bristol, which is now an affiliation of the Pirates.
Following the 2014 season, Barraza decided to go the Indy ball route, and signed on with Lake Erie, where he played at these last two seasons. In 187 games total with the Crushers, he batted .278 and posted a .743 OPS, while splitting his games between catcher and first base. As a catcher, Barraza was average in throwing out runners with a 26% caught stealing rate. He will likely play for one of the Pirates A ball affiliates as a reserve.