The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted catcher Jacob Stallings to the major league roster yesterday. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his major league debut against the Chicago Cubs. Who exactly is Jacob Stallings? Find out right here.
Stallings played four years of college ball at the University of North Carolina. He was a reserve as a freshman in 2009, hit .307/.407/.457 in 140 at-bats in 2010, then took over as the regular catcher in 2011, hitting .292/.403/.429 in 233 at-bats. Un-drafted in 2011, he returned for his senior year and hit .294/.388/.455 in 238 at-bats, earning a call in the seventh round of the draft, cashing a small $10,000 bonus in 2012.
Stallings has been a Pirates farmhand ever since, though he's never hit well enough to rank very highly on prospect lists. This year he was hitting just .199/.242/.340 in 141 at-bats for Triple-A Indianapolis. He owns a career .237/.320/.355 slash in the minors.
Listed at 6-5, 225, Stallings is a right-handed hitter born December 22nd, 1989. As you'd expect with this statistical profile he is a defense-first catcher, showing impressive mobility and a strong throwing arm. He's given up a mere 10 passed balls in 315 minor league games, makes very few errors, throws out a steady 33% of runners, and draws praise for his leadership skills.
He hasn't shown much power despite his size and has issues with strike zone judgment, but Stallings could hang around as a glove-oriented reserve for some time.