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Francisco Cervelli | Catcher | #29

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / NYY
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Francisco Cervelli is getting a day off Thursday.
Chris Stewart will start behind the plate and bat eighth versus Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Cervelli went a combined 4-for-9 with three runs scored on Tuesday and Wednesday at Coors Field. Apr 28 - 12:45 PM

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Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

The two singles and two runs scored are nice, but the real headline here is the steal. Cervelli averages roughly one per season, and he's now 8-for-16 in his nine-year career. Any swipes are just gravy, though -- and he's attempted three steals through his first 19 games, so maybe there's more yet to come -- for the backstop, who is hitting .313/.420/.373 with nine RBI and 10 runs scored in the middle of the Pirates lineup.
Apr 27 - 12:27 AM

Francisco Cervelli is starting at first base for Wednesday's showdown with the Padres.

This will be Cervelli's sixth game at first base for his career. Chris Stewart will start at catcher and hit ninth. At least a part of this temporary shift for Cervelli could be due to the fact that he was behind the plate for 190 pitches during Tuesday's four-hour slog of a loss to the Padres.
Apr 20 - 10:02 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored against the Brewers on Saturday night.

Cervelli has shown over the past two years that he's not just a quality defensive catcher. He can handle the bat a little bit. He's hitting .323/.436/.419 in his first 10 games of the season, and he's even showing a bit of ambition on the bases. Sure, both of his stolen base attempts have been unsuccessful; it's just nice to see a catcher get a bit of freedom in the run game.
Apr 16 - 10:27 PM

Francisco Cervelli is starting at catcher and batting fifth for the Pirates in Friday's game against the Brewers.

Cervelli had the day off Thursday but is back in there Friday. He's hitting .370/.486/.481 in the early going.
Apr 15 - 3:28 PM

Francisco Cervelli is out of the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

Chris Stewart will catch Gerrit Cole and bat eighth against Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. It's just a day off for Cervelli, who's batting .370 with a .967 OPS and six RBI in eight games this season.
Apr 14 - 9:36 AM

Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday against the Reds.

He's just getting a breather. Chris Stewart is behind the plate.
Apr 10 - 10:40 AM

Francisco Cervelli homered in the first inning of Pittsburgh's 4-2 win over Detroit on Tuesday.

Cervelli always brings the power in spring training; he had four homers in 37 at-bats for the Yankees in 2014 and four in 37 at-bats for the Pirates last spring. It never really carries over to the regular season, though he did establish a new career high with seven homers in 451 at-bats last year. Still, with his OBP, he doesn't need to hit homers to be one of the game's top offensive catchers.
Mar 1 - 4:28 PM

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Travis Sawchik, in order to reach a contract extension with Francisco Cervelli, the Pirates would need to offer at least a three-year, $39 million contract.

That's a pretty large chunk of change for someone who has received 150 at-bats or more just twice in his career. Last season, Cervelli slashed .295/.370/.401 in 451 at-bats. The numbers are fine. Nothing more, nothing less. There's a general dearth of power in that bat. Cervelli has never driven in more than 45 runs and he's never reached double-digit homers. The two sides recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. It would be quite the jump to go from that to an AAV of $13 million, but next year's free agent market will be light on reliable catchers. Matt Wieters is the other prominent name at the position.
Jan 27 - 6:32 PM

Pirates and C Francisco Cervelli avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Cervelli earned a big raise in his final year of arbitration eligibility after batting .295/.370/.401 in his first season with the Pirates. There's been some talk of the two sides discussing a contract extension.
Jan 15 - 1:00 PM

Fracisco Cervelli (head) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.

Cervelli was hit by a foul ball on Wednesday and needed three stitches behind his left ear, but like all great folk heroes, the 29-year-old catcher is not to held down by a few stitches. He's back in the lineup for Friday's contest with the Reds, bringing his .299/.375/.406 triple-slash, seven homers and 43 RBI along for the ride.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 04:05:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli hit a grand slam in the Pirates' 8-2 win over the Cardinals in the first half of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader at PNC Park.

Cervelli went yard to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning immediately after Michael Wacha issued an intentional walk to Pedro Alvarez. Cervelli has been a terrific find for the Pirates, now with a .300/.377/.408 slash line, seven home runs, and 43 RBI in 126 games this season. Pittsburgh is still alive in the NL Central race.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 04:32:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

The Pirates have won eight in a row. Cervelli has now hit safely in six straight games and has multiple hits in four of them. His batting average is back up to .304 for the year. There were big questions about how Cervelli would fare as the Pirates' regular catcher after Russell Martin left for Toronto, but he's been a big key in their season.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli returned to the Pirates' lineup Saturday against the Dodgers

Cervelli exited Thursday's game after hurting his leg in a home plate collision and wasn't in the lineup on Friday. He'll bat seventh against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Cervelli has had a strong year offensively, hitting .298 with six homers and 39 RBI in 396 at-bats.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 05:52:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli left Thursday's game against the Cubs for precautionary reasons.

Cervelli got banged up on a home plate collision with Anthony Rizzo in the top of the sixth inning and Michael Morse pinch-hit for him in the next half inning. However, fortunately for the Pirates, he's expected to be fine.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 04:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Juan Nicasio
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Cory Luebke
7Kyle Lobstein
8Ryan Vogelsong
9A.J. Schugel
10Rob Scahill