The Braves added minor-league depth by signing catcher/corner infielder J.R. House, a name that football fans might recall.
The 30-year-old journeyman was a high school quarterback sensation in West Virginia in the late 1990s, then a power-hitting prospect with the Pittsburgh Pirates. But he’s never had success beyond the Class AAA level, or much opportunity.
In 10 minor league seasons, House has a .302 career average, 117 homers and a .838 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS). But he’s had 10 hits (three home runs) in just 60 at-bats in the majors with Pittsburgh, Houston and Baltimore.
House spent the 2009 season with the Royals’ AAA Omaha affiliate, batting a career-worst .251 with nine homers and 53 RBIs in 505 at-bats.