Francisco Cervelli

    Catcher|Pittsburgh Pirates|6'1" 205 LBS. C|PIT|6'1" 205 LBS.
    Francisco Cervelli
    Francisco Cervelli
    C|PIT|6'1" 205 LBS.
    Francisco Cervelli
    Bats / Throws Right / Right
    Age 31 (3/6/1986)
    From Valencia, VEN
    College None
    Drafted 2003 - NYY
    Salary --
    Fantasy Pts 2016 - 168.0
    2016 Season Career
    Rotowire: Mar 2 / 1:53p ET
    News: Cervelli homered and walked two times in three plate appearances Thursday against Detroit.
    Impact: The catcher hit only one home run in 326 at-bats in 2016, so Thursday's effort has to at least boost Cervelli's confidence a little bit. He was also able to catch, which is important because he missed time early in camp with a sore foot. The Bucs don't seem too concerned about Cervelli's condition, but the true test will come when he tries catching an entire game.
    Rotowire: Feb 28 / 7:02p ET
    News: Cervelli (foot) caught two innings and went hitless in two at-bats Tuesday in his spring debut, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Impact: Cervelli was added to the lineup about an hour before the start of the game. "We were targeting today if everything went well," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We got good reports on him (Monday), so he's back in play. We'll see how he feels tomorrow." He leads all big league catchers with a .372 OBP over the past three seasons but offers little in the way of power.
    Rotowire: Feb 28 / 6:42a ET
    News: Cervelli (foot) will be in the Pirates' lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
    Impact: Elias Diaz was initially scheduled to handle duties behind the dish, but after reevaluating Cervelli following a pregame workouts, the Pirates have opted to hand their No. 1 catcher his first start of the spring. Cervelli experienced foot discomfort earlier in camp that limited his activities for the first few days, but he shouldn't be too far behind the rest of the Pirates' hitters. While the Pirates value the veteran backstop for his pitch framing and defensive polish behind the plate, his fantasy utility is limited mainly to deeper two-catcher formats due to his lack of pop.
    Rotowire: Feb 22 / 9:48a ET
    News: Cervelli (foot) is making progress in his recovery and has been cleared for "modified baseball activities," Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Impact: The Pirates want Cervelli to work out for them before deciding whether he should play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. The progress, nonetheless, is a positive sign going forward and could point to the veteran catcher being ready for Opening Day on April 7. Cervelli missed multiple games last season with foot discomfort, so this is a situation worth monitoring in the coming days.
    Rotowire: Feb 21 / 1:04p ET
    News: Cervelli (foot) was on the field for the start of Tuesday's practice but did not put on his catcher's equipment, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I felt much better," Cervelli said. "I threw, I hit BP in the cage. We're moving forward."
    Impact: He said the pain in his foot was caused by him practicing without the insole he typically wears. Cervelli still believes he'll be able to play for Italy in the WBC. The Pirates are expected to update his status Wednesday.
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