SYDNEY, 3 October - Daniel Arribas, from the Pittsburgh Pirates organisation, will play a big role on this year's Sydney Blue Sox team as he steps in to become the everyday catcher. Arribas, a 21 year old right hander from Miami, Florida, was signed by the Pirates as an International free agent prior to their 2011 season and has just completed his first full professional season.
Despite having only played 50 games in the Rookie Gulf Coast League for the GCL Pirates, Arribas has shown plenty of promise with his bat and is continuing to develop defensively. At the plate in 2013, Arribas hit .307 (51 hits in 50 games) with 8 doubles, and 19 RBI's while throwing out 24 percent of potential base stealers from behind the plate.
When asked how important getting a good young catcher was for the Blue Sox, Manger Jason Pospishil said "He will fill a big hole for us in the catching department. He had a very solid year offensively in the Gulf Coast League this past season hitting over .300 and this followed that up with a .300+ average in the Dominican Summer League. From all reports he is a very solid "catch and throw" guy and we look forward to Daniel solidifying our line-up as the everyday Catcher."
Sydney Baseball fans will get a chance to see Daniel Arribas and his fellow Blue Sox imports Joey DeMichele and Jacob May suit up against the Blue Sox in the Import Showcase. A 2 game series that will feature the best overseas talent on display in the league this season going up against the Blue Sox on Saturday the 26th of October at 7:30pm and Sunday the 27th of October at 1:30pm.