John Bormann

Position: C
Born: 04/04/93
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 205
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 24th round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PIT).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Hit .243 with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 52 games at West Virginia (Class A). In 2017, he was hitting .136 with one RBI in seven games at Bradenton (High A).

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Bradenton April 30 when OF Danny Ortiz was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 04/30/17

Debut Details
April 30, in a 10-3 loss to the Marlins, he went 0-for-1. Pinch-hitting for third baseman Josh Harrison with one out and one on in the ninth, he struck out swinging against left-handed reliever Jarlin Garcia.

Player Notes
If there had been Vegas odds on if/when Bormann would be called up in 2017 and you'd bet that he would be, you're not even reading this right now. You're off somewhere buying a luxury car or a new vacation home at the beach. But on Sunday the Pirates found themselves in a dilemma in Miami: With two active catchers on their roster, one, Francisco Cervelli, was nursing a right foot injury but a decision had not yet been made whether to put him on the DL. All that was known was that he was not available for the game, leaving them with just starting catcher Chris Stewart. The third catcher on the 40-man roster, Elias Diaz, was with his Triple-A Indianapolis squad in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and could not get to Miami in time for the game (he did not play on Sunday, en route to meet the Pirates in Cincinnati) so the Pirates made a quick roster move, sending out newly arrived outfielder Danny Ortiz and summoning their nearest catcher, which would have been Bormann, whose Bradenton Marauders were at Port Charlotte in the Florida State League. While he didn't start, he did get an at-bat so he's there in the history books, no matter what happens in the future. A senior sign out of the University of Texas at San Antonio for his defense rather than his bat, there's just that tiny bit of irony that he only pinch-hit in his debut.