Pirates Sign 1B Nick Evans

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly signed first baseman/corner outfielder Nick Evans to a minor league deal, which includes an invite to Spring Training.

Evans, who turns 26 in January, has played 159 games in four seasons at the major league level, all with the New York Mets. The righty was taken in the fifth round of the 2004 draft.

For a man of his stature (6’2″, 220 lb), Evans has below average power, hitting 23 minor league home runs in 2010 (AA & AAA), but just eight in AAA last season. He has just eight career major league home runs in 386 at bats, four of which came in 59 games last season. He hit .256 last season in the majors – the same as his career mark – with 48 strikeouts and 15 walks, though he was decidedly better in AAA, with a .313 batting average.

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