The Nationals introduced that catcher Israel Pineda, who was designated for task final week, cleared outright waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Rochester. He’ll keep on with the membership however with out taking on a roster spot.
Pineda, 24 in April, was added to the Nationals’ roster in September of 2022 when Keibert Ruiz was injured. Pineda was saved totally on the bench, solely enjoying 4 video games, hitting .077/.143/.077 in his 14 plate appearances. He then endured a difficult 2023 season, starting the marketing campaign on the injured listing as a consequence of a proper finger fracture. He was slowed by an indirect pressure whereas rehabbing and wasn’t reinstated from the IL till early August, getting optioned to the minors at the moment. Between his rehab stints and optionable task, he hit simply .176/.229/.268 in 41 minor league video games on the yr.
Defensively, Baseball Prospectus appears to be like fondly upon his work with the throwing sport however is much less enthused about his framing and blocking. That tracks with a scouting report from Baseball America, with that outlet nonetheless contemplating Pineda to be the #21 prospect within the system, however noting that his framing is a piece in progress.
Since he doesn’t have a earlier profession outright or three years of service time, he doesn’t have the best to reject this task. He’ll keep on with the Nats as non-roster depth behind Ruiz, Riley Adams and Drew Millas. Pineda will look to get again to the shape he confirmed on the plate in 2022, when he hit 16 house runs in 99 video games throughout three totally different minor league ranges. He completed that yr with a mixed slash line of .258/.325/.458 and wRC+ of 111 earlier than getting referred to as as much as the majors.