By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have signed catcher Jackson Williams to a minor league deal, this according to Baseball America.
Williams was a first round supplemental pick (43rd overall) by the San Francisco Giants back in 2007 out of the University of Oklahoma. In November of 2013, he signed as a minor league free agent with the Colorado Rockies. Williams made his big league debut for the Rockies in August of 2014. After being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels, he was purchased by the Giants in Spring Training of 2015, and appeared in seven games with them that year.
Last offseason, Williams went back to the Rockies on a minor league contract. He split the 2016 season with AA Hartford and AAA Albuquerque, posting a combined .528 OPS in 68 games. Williams however does have the reputation of being a strong defensive catcher, as he’s thrown out baserunners at a rate of 30% or better in eight of his ten minor league seasons. It’s likely that he could serve as a third catcher at AAA Indianapolis, alongside Elias Diaz and Jacob Stallings.