GEOVANNY PLANCHART, CATCHER
|Born: September 17, 2001
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates signed Planchart at age 17 just before the start of the 2019 season.
Planchart didn’t hit with any power at all, but he rarely struck out and hit for a high average. He threw out 42% of base stealers.
Planchart was in fall instructionals in 2019, then served as the primary catcher for one of the Pirates’ two FCL teams in 2021. He hit very well and added some much-needed power. He only threw out 19% of base stealers.
The Pirates sent Planchart to Bradenton and he had a difficult time. He still drew walks, but he struggled to make any contact at all, much less hard contact, and he had no extra base hits. After 20 games the Pirates sent him to the FCL. Despite walking as often as he struck out, he didn’t hit there, either, in contrast to the previous year. His defense is still a work in progress. He threw out 29% of base stealers in the FCL and 18% in the FSL.
Planchart may return to Bradenton in 2023. One factor in his favor is that none of the catchers in the FCL did well in 2022.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|March 28, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.