NEVIN ASHLEY
CATCHER
Born: August 14, 1984
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 6th Round, 169th Overall, 2006 (Devil Rays)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Indiana State Univ.
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Ashley appeared to be a solid all-around catching prospect with the Rays for a while, but got derailed when he struggle at the plate in high A.  He was rated the best defensive catcher in the Rays’ system for two years and generally has had solid to outstanding CS rates.  As a hitter, he’s consistently had good walk totals and modest power, but he also strikes out a fair amount.  He signed a minor league deal with the Pirates for 2014.

2006
R+:  333/440/477, 153 AB, 8 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 21 BB, 40 K, 7-10 SB

Ashley had a good debut in advanced rookie ball, including a 52% CS rate.

2007
A:  280/354/431, 429 AB, 13 2B, 8 3B, 12 HR, 49 BB, 92 K, 20-28 SB

In low A, Ashley continued to show solid overall offensive skills, including some power.

2008
A+:  235/348/315, 327 AB, 12 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 49 BB, 79 K, 5-11 SB

Ashley struggled in high A.  His plate discipline remained good, but his hitting mostly collapsed otherwise.  Even his throwing fell off, as he caught only 26% of base stealers.

2009
A+:  240/343/335, 200 AB, 7 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 22 BB, 47 K, 7-11 SB
AA:  212/331/314, 118 AB, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 18 BB, 31 K

The Rays sent Ashley back to high A and he had almost exactly the same season offensively.  He spent about the last third of the season in AA and didn’t hit any better.  His CS rate did improve to 48% on the season.

2010
AA:  255/333/375, 341 AB, 14 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 34 BB, 76 K, 4-6 SB
AAA:  167/200/292, 24 AB, 1 HR, 1 BB, 7 K

Ashley returned to AA and had a passable season, hitting with a little more authority.  After the season, the Rays added him to their 40-man roster.

2011
AA:  280/387/412, 279 AB, 15 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 36 BB, 66 K, 2-5 SB
AAA:  218/273/307, 101 AB, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 29 K, 0-1 SB

Ashley returned to AA and had a good season at the plate.  At age 26, though, he was probably past the prospect stage.  The Rays moved him up to AAA at the end of the season and struggled there.  For the year, he threw out 40% of base stealers.  The Rays removed Ashley from their 40-man roster over the winter.

2012
R:  333/434/467, 45 AB, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 BB, 6 K, 2-2 SB
AAA:  245/357/455, 110 AB, 6 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 BB, 25 K, 1-2 SB

Ashley missed the majority of the season with a broken hand.  When he was able to play in AAA, he hit very well.  After the season he became a free agent and signed with the Reds.

2013
AAA:  235/328/374, 238 AB, 13 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 31 BB, 55 K, 4-5 SB

Ashley was the primary catcher for the Reds’ AAA affiliate.  He didn’t hit as well as the year before, but continued to show his usual solid command of the strike zone.

Ashley received a spring training invitation, but was sent down to Indianapolis.  With Tony Sanchez opening in the majors due to Chris Stewart’s knee injury, Ashley will initially share the catching with Carlos Paulino.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $150,000
MiLB Debut: 2006
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: 2 (USED:  2011)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2006: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 6th round, 169th overall pick; signed on June 16.
November 19, 2010: Contract purchased by the Tampa Bay Rays.
January 13, 2012: Designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays; outrighted to AAA on January 17.
November 3, 2012: Became a free agent.
November 19, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Cincinnati Reds.
November 5, 2013: Became a free agent.
November 26, 2013: Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.