DANIEL ARRIBAS
CATCHER
  Born: September 30, 1992
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2011
Country: The Netherlands
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Arribas was born in Miami, but moved to his mother’s home country of The Netherlands, which is why he was available as an international free agent.  He was still raw when signed, but was considered to have a potentially good, line-drive bat who figures to hit the ball into the gaps rather than over the fence.  He played more at third than anywhere else in the DSL, but the Pirates appear to be developing him as a catcher.

2011
DSL:  200/289/240, 125 AB, 5 2B, 13 BB, 29 K, 1-5 SB

Arribas didn’t hit much in his debut, although the marginal plate discipline shows he wasn’t overwhelmed.  He played mainly third and saw a little time at second, first and catcher.

2012
DSL:  308/387/388, 224 AB, 15 2B, 1 HR, 29 BB, 32 K, 2-2 SB

In his second DSL season, Arribas split his time almost evenly between catcher, first and third.  He improved substantially at the plate, with very good walk and strikeout numbers and some doubles power.

2013
R:  307/399/380, 166 AB, 8 2B, 2 3B, 23 BB, 36 K, 5-8 SB

Arribas split his time between catching and first.  Obviously, the presence of Reese McGuire cut into his catching time.  After a slow start at the plate, he hit .347 in July and .306 in August.  He also showed solid plate discipline, although his K rate is a little high for a guy who’s not a power hitter.  Behind the plate, he threw out 24% of base stealers.

2014
R+:  281/368/400, 160 AB, 7 2B, 4 HR, 23 BB, 50 K, 3-4 SB

With draftees Taylor Gushue and Kevin Krause at Jamestown, Arribas went to Bristol, where he was the best hitter on an extraordinarily bad team.  He divided the catching with Tomas Morales and Chris Harvey, and also spent time at first.  Arribas started showing some over-the-fence-power, but at the cost of a very high K rate.  He threw out 17% of base stealers.  Arribas finished the season strongly, batting 324/390/456 in August.

The Pirates seem reluctant to commit to Arribas as a catcher for some reason.  Morales and Harvey aren’t prospects, yet they combined for 44 games behind the plate to Arribas’ 27.  He’s still caught only 73 pro games.  He played well enough that he should be a candidate to move up to West Virginia, where he could end up as a utility player.  He’ll be eligible for the Rule 5 draft after the 2015 season.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $110,000
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2015
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
May 27, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.