The D-backs have signed catcher Grayson Greiner to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training, per an announcement from their Triple-A affiliate.
Greiner, 29, was a third-round pick of the Tigers in 2014 and has spent his entire career in that organization up until now. Listed at a towering 6’6″ and 238 pounds, Greiner has seen some big league time in each of the past four seasons but has yet to produce at the MLB level. In 477 trips to the plate, he’s a .201/.274/.309 hitter with a solid 8.8% walk rate but a lofty 32.1% strikeout rate.
Greiner has spent parts of four seasons in Triple-A, where he’s logged solid framing marks and thrown out a third of runners who’ve attempted to steal against him. He’s a .233/.314/.347 hitter through 388 plate appearances of Triple-A ball.
With Carson Kelly set to serve as the regular catcher in Arizona and another pair of options — center fielder/catcher Daulton Varsho and prospect Jose Herrera — on the 40-man roster, Greiner doesn’t have much of an immediate path to playing time. He joins veterans Juan Centeno and Juan Graterol as non-roster invitees to D-backs camp.
I really like Grayson and I was hoping Miami would have signed him to be the backup catcher. Must of been his only interest from a team.
The 2022 MLB All-Alliteration Team is really shaping up with Carlos Correa, Freddie Freeman, Grayson Greiner, Hunter Harvey, Heath Hembree, and Jakob Junis.
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Maybe he’s depth if they trade one of their catchers. Yankees?
Grayson Greiner is a “good depth piece” signing if the Diamondbacks ever fall into a moderately-deep hole and need someone tall to assist them in getting out.
I didn’t realize the Tigs let him go.
Good luck Greiner
His likely arb number did him no favor. Tigers weren’t paying that for that.