Born: December 22, 1989
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 7th Round, 226th Overall, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of North Carolina
Agent: N/A


The Pirates probably drafted Stallings, a college senior, as high as they did in an effort to conserve pool money for their attempt to sign Mark Appel.  He’s known as a clubhouse leader and good defensive player who controls the running game well.  He set an NCAA record by throwing out 32 would-be base stealers in 2011, with the result that teams seldom ran on him in 2012.  He hasn’t hit for a good average in college, but has drawn a lot of walks, which has helped his OBPs.  He’s shown doubles power on a team that doesn’t seem to play in a good hitting environment; he was second on the team in slugging in 2012.  He profiles as a potential backup catcher.  Not surprisingly, Stallings agreed to terms shortly after the draft.  He signed for $10,000, well below the slot amount of $148,000.

A-:  230/324/332, 226 AB, 16 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 32 BB, 73 K, 2-2 SB
AA:  1000/1000/1000, 1 AB

Stallings had a solid debut at State College, playing about the way his college record suggested.  He didn’t hit for average, but he drew walks and hit some doubles.  The obvious problem was striking out in a third of his at-bats.  Stallings hit well in July, posting an .826 OPS, but slumped to .624 in August.  He played well defensively, among other things throwing out 36% of base stealers.  Because the Pirates don’t emphasis the move to first with their young pitchers, that’s an impressive number.  Stallings made a cameo appearance at Altoona when the Curve needed a player and got a hit in his only AB.

A+:  219/352/371, 251 AB, 16 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 45 BB, 62 K, 1-2 SB

Stallings was the primary catcher at Bradenton, although Elias Diaz saw a lot of action.  Stallings obviously didn’t hit for average and, at one in four ABs, struck out a bit too much, but he had a high walk rate and hit for decent power, although the latter tended to come in brief hot stretches.  He hit very well against LHPs, with an .861 OPS, but managed only a .642 figure against RHPs.  Surprisingly, Stallings threw out only 21% of base stealers, but that may have had more to do with the pitchers.  He showed very good receiving skills.

A+:  241/332/349, 212 AB, 11 2B, 4 HR, 28 BB, 52 K, 1-3 SB

Stallings returned to Bradenton and shared catching duties with Jin-De Jhang.  At the plate, Stallings hit for a higher average, but walked a lot less and hit for less power.  He threw out 32% of base stealers and committed only two passed balls in 68 games.

Stallings hasn’t shown enough with the bat, but his defense is strong enough to get him to Altoona, where he’ll open 2015 as the backup to Sebastian Valle.

Baseball Reference–Minors
2009 .246 .366 .263 57 1 0 0 10 18 0 0
2010 .307 .417 .457 140 13 1 2 26 36 3 1
2011 .292 .403 .429 233 18 1 4 44 41 4 0
2012 .294 .388 .445 238 24 0 4 34 48 5 1
2015: Minor league contract.
Signing Bonus: $10,000
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2015
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 8, 2011: Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 42nd round, 1285th overall pick.
June 5, 2012:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th round, 226th overall pick; signed on June 13.