The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded minor league catcher Kris Watts to the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash.
Watts, a 16th-round pick by the Pirates in 2006, is 28 years old and has been playing with AAA Indianapolis for the past two seasons, hitting .250/.328/.350 in 21 games (67 plate appearances). Watts has 28 plate appearances for the Indians this season.
Watts is the catcher voted off of Catcher Island in Indianapolis, after having four catchers on the roster after Tony Sanchez was promoted to AAA on June 3rd.
Pirates Prospects reads, “Baseball America described Watts as “decent” defensively, but he started showing some pop with the bat as a senior. As a pro he’s been a good hitter, with very good plate discipline and decent power. He’s not strong defensively, as he’s not very mobile behind the plate and doesn’t throw very well.”