The Cincinnati Reds have acquired catcher Mike Papierski from the San Francisco Giants. He was placed on waivers a week ago by the Giants. Cincinnati claimed him this afternoon and then optioned him to Triple-A Louisville.
The 26-year-old catcher made his Major League debut earlier this season. He played in five games with the Giants, going 0-9 with a walk, run scored, and four strikeouts. Papierski has spent time in Triple-A with both the Houston Astros organization and Giants organization this year. He’s struggled at both stops. In 26 games with Sugar Land he hit .211/.324/.278 with 14 walks and 9 strikeouts. In 14 games with Sacramento he hit .208/.246/.359 with 3 walks and 18 strikeouts.
For now the Cincinnati Reds do not have to make a 40-man roster move to add Mike Papierski. With Jeff Hoffman on the Covid injury list he does not count towards the 40-man roster, which sits at a full 40 players right now. If no other moves take place between now and the time Hoffman is ready to come back, then the team will need to figure out a move to make.
Cincinnati’s addition of Papierski puts five catchers on the 40-man roster. With Tyler Stephenson on the 10-day injured list the Reds have both Aramis Garcia and Chris Okey on the big league roster. In the minor leagues at the Triple-A level they have Mark Kolozsvary and now Mike Papierski.