RALPH HENRIQUEZ
CATCHER
Born: April 7, 1987
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 205
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd Round, 72nd Overall, 2005 (Astros)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
High School: Key West (FL) HS
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Henriquez was a second round draft pick — albeit in the years when Houston was largely ignoring its farm system — but he quickly became an organizational catcher.  He was regarded when drafted as having decent catch-and-throw skills, although as a pro he’s thrown out only 24% of base stealers.  He was also thought to have some power potential, but that’s never shown up.  He’s seldom hit much and generally had poor walk and strikeout rates.  The Astros traded him to the Mets in a minor deal after only two full seasons and he spent five years as an organizational catcher with New York and Seattle.  He played in independent ball in 2013.  The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2014.

2005
R+:  215/246/342, 158 AB, 11 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 6 BB, 46 K, 1-1 SB

Henriquez was the primary catcher for Houston’s advanced rookie affiliate.  It was probably a challenging assignment for a high school draftee and he struggled to hit.  He threw out only 19% of base stealers.

2006
R+:  231/274/340, 238 AB, 11 2B, 5 HR, 15 BB, 56 K, 1-2 SB

The Astros sent Henriquez back to advanced rookie ball and he got largely the same results at the plate.

2007
A:  185/227/280, 372 AB, 12 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 21 BB, 86 K, 2-2 SB

The Astros moved Henriquez up to full season ball, where he continued to be the regular catcher.  He appears to have been overmatched at the plate.  After the season, Houston traded him to the Mets for a low-level, organizational pitcher.

2008
A-:  210/269/258, 62 AB, 3 2B, 4 BB, 15 K, 1-2 SB
A:  273/273/394, 33 AB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 6 K, 0-1 SB

Henriquez played in only 29 games in his first year with the Mets.  I don’t know whether that’s because he was hurt or whether the team employed him as lower-level depth.

2009
A-:  261/303/358, 177 AB, 8 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 BB, 28 K, 0-2 SB
A:  265/286/294, 34 AB, 1 2B, 1 BB, 5 K
A+:  444/474/556, 18 AB, 2 2B, 1 BB, 3 K

The Mets continued to employ Henriquez as a lower-level organizational catcher.  He made a little progress with his hitting in short season ball.  The Mets released him after the season and he signed with the Mariners.

2010
A+:  257/276/363, 113 AB, 9 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 26 K, 0-1 SB
AA:  324/324/486, 37 AB, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 K

Seattle mainly employed Henriquez as a backup in high A.  He didn’t hit much even though he was playing at High Desert, which is probably the best hitting environment in pro ball.

2011
A+:  250/250/500, 4 AB, 1 2B, 2 K
AA:  196/255/275, 138 AB, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 12 BB, 29 K
AAA:  256/275/331, 133 AB, 7 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 17 K

Henriquez split his time between AA and AAA, playing about half the time at each spot.

2012
AA:  229/272/326, 144 AB, 8 2B, 2 HR, 9 BB, 35 K, 2-2 SB
AAA:  200/200/467, 15 AB, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 K

Henriquez served as a backup in AA.  Seattle released him late in the season.

2013
IND:  242/301/381, 260 AB, 13 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 23 BB, 57 K, 0-1 SB

Henriquez caught on with Long Island of the independent Atlantic League.  He showed a little power but only threw out 14 of 72 base stealers.

2014
AA:  129/140/224, 85 AB, 2 2B, 2 HR, 1 BB, 23 K, 1-1 SB
AAA:  000/000/000, 3 AB, 1 K

Henriquez filled in at times at Altoona and once at Indianapolis.  He didn’t hit at all and walked just once in 89 plate appearances.  He threw out only five of 48 base stealers.

Henriquez will be a free agent again.  The Pirates should be able to find a better upper level veteran.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $485,000
MiLB Debut: 2005
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2014
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2005: Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2nd round, 72nd overall pick; signed on June 11.
December 6, 2007: Traded by the Houston Astros to the New York Mets for Josh Appell.
November 20, 2009: Released by the New York Mets.
December 11, 2009: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Seattle Mariners.
August 13, 2012: Released by the Seattle Mariners.
December 15, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Colorado Rockies.
March 26, 2013: Released by the Colorado Rockies.
November 25, 2013: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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