Chris Stewart C PIT 3 weeks ago

Stewart went 2-for-4 Sunday with a solo shot, his first home run of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He was making his first start of the season behind the plate, as Francisco Cervelli played in the first five games and went 7-for-18 (.289). As long as Cervelli stays hot at the plate, at-bats will be few and far between for Stewart.

Chris Stewart C PIT 1 month ago

Stewart went 0-for-3 with a walk on Monday against the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Stewart batted .289/.320/.340 during 172 plate appearances in 2015. His career batting average is .238 but his numbers last season indicate what Stewart brings to the Pirates' offense. He doesn't quite have the pop of other players (his last home run came in 2013) but he provides great defense and improves the play of his pitchers, especially Gerrit Cole who went 12-4 with a 2.24 ERA with Stewart as his battery mate.

Chris Stewart C PIT 2 months ago

Stewart, who batted .289/.320/.340 in 172 plate appearances in 2015, will again serve as Francisco Cervelli's backup behind the plate, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fresh off signing a two-year contract, Stewart has hit for a decent average but offers little in the way of power or speed. His biggest contribution may actually come as starter Gerrit Cole's catcher. Cole went 12-4 with a 2.24 ERA when Stewart caught and 7-5 with a 3.59 under Cervelli's guidance.

Chris Stewart C PIT 4 months ago

Stewart agreed to a two-year deal with the Pirates on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite his age (33), Stewart remains arbitration-eligible, and now will stay with the club through the 2017 campaign. The veteran backstop has posted two straight solid seasons at the dish, and will look to keep things rolling in 2016 in a limited role behind Francisco Cervelli.

Chris Stewart C PIT 8 months ago

Stewart went 3-for-4 with three RBI against the Brewers on Friday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The big night gave Stewart a .294 batting average in 143 at-bats, matching his 2014 mark. Stewart has caught 336 innings, giving starter Francisco Cervelli (931 innings) a capable backup. That said, Stewart is still looking for his first homer since 2013 and holds just a .669 OPS.

Chris Stewart C PIT 10 months ago

Getting the start with Francisco Cervelli DHing, Stewart went 3-for-7 with a run scored Tuesday.

The backup catcher has handled the bat well this season in limited action, posting a .288 batting average in 87 at-bats this season. He's still firmly behind Cervelli on the depth chart.

Chris Stewart C PIT 1 year ago

Stewart started behind the plate on Sunday and went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI in a Pirates win.

Stewart was activated from the disabled list on Friday and was able to produce in his first start of the season on Sunday as he spelled starting catcher Francisco Cervelli. There is nothing to suggest that Cervelli is in danger of losing his starting gig at the moment, but Stewart was able to surpass his RBI total on the season with one swing of the bat. Cervelli will likely remain the starter for now but Stewart certainly has the potential to earn a bigger piece of this timeshare.

Chris Stewart C PIT 1 year ago

Stewart (hamstring) was activated from the DL on Friday, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Bill Brink reports.

Stewart will now assume the backup catcher role with the Pirates, getting in the lineup once or twice per week. Tony Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis as a corresponding move.

Chris Stewart C PIT 1 year ago

Stewart (hamstring) has had no setbacks at Triple-A Indianapolis and should come off the DL on Friday, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

Stewart appears pegged for the the backup catching role in Pittsburgh once he's healthy. Francisco Cervelli is the clear starter, but if the first eight games are any indication, Stewart should be in line to catch once every four days.

Chris Stewart C PIT 1 year ago

Stewart (hamstring) was moved to AAA Indianapolis to make a rehab assignment, the Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

It is unclear exactly how many appearances Stewart will have before being activated from the disabled list. Stewart had one rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Thursday. When he does come back, he should take over the backup catcher position behind Francisco Cervelli.