With a seemingly never ending string of injuries to the organization’s catching corps, the Washington Nationals went out and bolstered that depth by acquiring Kris Watts from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. It is unclear whether he will be assigned to Triple-A or Double-A initially.
Watts, 27, was selected by Pittsburgh in the 16th Round of the 2006 Draft. He’s since batted .259/.357/.385 with 26 HR and 177 RBI over 1,702 minor league plate appearances. He has appeared in just 9 games on the 2012 season, batting .250/.357/.292.
Washington has been one of the worst hit teams this year when it comes to injuries, particularly behind the plate. Wilson Ramos is out for the year with torn ligaments in his right knee. Sandy Leon suffered a high ankle sprain that will keep him out at least another few weeks. Carlos Maldonado just recently hit the DL and the team’s two current active catchers, Jesus Flores and Jhonatan Solano, have each been banged up already this year. Watts may be nothing more than organizational filler in the long run but with two-thirds of the season remaining there’s no telling what opportunities may fall his way if he can start to hit with consistency.