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Stats ‘N’ At: A catching crisis? ☕

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JACOB STALLINGS, JESSE JAMES, JARED MCCANN - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

When a franchise is careening toward a 100-plus loss season, there are no shortage of deficiencies at both the major- and minor-league level. The Pirates' busted rotation -- and seemingly busted pitching development pipeline -- justifiably get most of the attention. But there's also a serious concern with the other end of the battery.

One year after boasting one of the most productive catching tandems in the game, the Pirates are patching together a time-share at the top level with Jacob Stallings and Elias Diaz. Neither one of those guys necessarily profiles as an everyday option -- and if you're looking for reinforcements on the farm, it could be a while.

This club is in the midst of a catching crisis.

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