Braves sign journeyman catcher J.R. House

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.

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McCann Fan

February 24th, 2010
10:52 am

Don’t care what # poster I am. Just don’t care

Delbert D.

February 24th, 2010
11:00 am

So he has 4 years of college eligibility left? Does Spurrier know about this?

sidslidkid

February 24th, 2010
11:05 am

Move over Doug Clark. Atlanta has a new future HOF’er and his name is… hold on let me scroll back up… oh yeah, J.R. House!

tjhook

February 24th, 2010
11:05 am

wow, 30. He must have a few psychological issues because that means he couldn’t even be a designated hitter for a team. What’s he planning on accomplishing with us? I’ve never been this early of a poster, by the way. Third!! :-)

tjhook

February 24th, 2010
11:06 am

Bryan G.

February 24th, 2010
11:11 am

Was Corky Miller not available????

ET

February 24th, 2010
11:15 am

Spurrier’s next QB? I kind of like it. I can see the documentary on ESPN now! Stories in all of the magazines, 48 hours, 60 minutes. It would be every where.

tjhook

February 24th, 2010
11:15 am

The House signing is like Vanilla Ice signing with a major record label. Yeah, everybody knows who you are, but what’s the point? Word to your mother! . . .

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11:17 am

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tjhook

February 24th, 2010
11:18 am

You know, enough bashing. I hope J.R. House has a successful run here or in 2010 because he obviously wants this baseball this pretty bad. I’m just wondering why our columnist didn’t give us a little more background on this guy. To hit us with the statement,he didn’t get many opportunities to play in the big leagues means something significant has happened with this guy over a 10-year span. Injuries, narcotics, temperment, something. I mean, he didn’t even mention if he had numerous positional changes. Rick Ankiel at least showed he was willing to change!

dirkisabeliever

February 24th, 2010
11:20 am

glad to have him aboard…people its minor league depth. this signing isnt meant to have any relation with a McCann or Ross…simply to add to the AAA roster, as Clint Sammons isnt exactly raking in AAA ball. He will be a good mentor for the young Sammons.

dirkisabeliever

February 24th, 2010
11:22 am

he prob didnt give more background info because is neck deep in everything the dark star brings…

Ted

February 24th, 2010
11:36 am

Was Corky Miller not available???? ha ha ha…Bobby Cox’s 2nd fav pinch hitter.

Yunel Asscobar

February 24th, 2010
11:39 am

“batting a career-worst .251 with nine homers and 53 RBIs in 505 at-bats.”

Another great piece of work by Wren; the hits just keep on coming. The only surprise here is that House is not 39 years of age, coming off season-ending injury. Move over Phillies – Frank Wren is in the “House!”

Supes

February 24th, 2010
11:41 am

He’s already vastly superior to the waste of oxygen that is Corky Miller…besides with David Ross braves are set at backup Catcher. Ross is one of the better offensive backups out there.

Bruce Chen

February 24th, 2010
11:45 am

WORLD SERIES HERE WE COME!!!

john

February 24th, 2010
12:02 pm

hey DOB – you mid letting us know when a real blog is posted? I end up reading these short snippets and these things are in the print paper in the am. love reading the print paper and seeing the ‘new’ news every day. not a complaint against you.

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
12:04 pm

JR House is a good signing, he will be a valuable veteran presence in the Gwinnett clubhouse, and is organizational depth at a key position.

The bigger signing though is Salcedo. I can’t wait to start getting reports on his progress in the minors!

wjones

February 24th, 2010
12:05 pm

“dirkisabeliever

February 24th, 2010
11:20 am
glad to have him aboard…people its minor league depth. this signing isnt meant to have any relation with a McCann or Ross…simply to add to the AAA roster, as Clint Sammons isnt exactly raking in AAA ball. He will be a good mentor for the young Sammons.”

Exactly. The baseball IQ on the old blog isn’t up to snuff today, is it? The Braves always make sure they have a lot of catchers around in the spring, and keep a couple once the season starts, either in AAA or AA for depth. House and Sammons in AAA is not a bad pair, and if Sammons has to go up to the big house in case of injuries, then House sees more PT, and if he performs maybe gets a shot if he’s noticed by another team with a need. He looks to be a AAAA player, as his minor league numbers are great, but just hasn’t stuck with The Show.

GetwhatUpayfor

February 24th, 2010
12:10 pm

Give’m hell JR.

The Real Brave

February 24th, 2010
12:10 pm

Be still my heart!

chuckw/deadjournalist

February 24th, 2010
12:24 pm

corky miller is in camp with the reds. i’m sure your hears are broken.

house will be at AAA w/ sammons – but beyond that they have no depth until A. boscan (sp) is 30 and has barely played above AA.

the only way he gets on the team is if there are two injuries at catcher. so everyone take a deep breath and calm down.

Benjamin

February 24th, 2010
12:26 pm

I actually remember House VERY well.

He was a high school phenomenon in WV.

Red Clay Hound

February 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

I remember that dude. He use to work at All American Burger!

rico43

February 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

He’s the George Lombard of catchers.

Steve

February 24th, 2010
12:30 pm

Rumor has it the that the Falcons might sign Steve Tanneyhill as a back up QB. Does anyone remember that old Mullet gunslinger from South Carolina in the mid 90’s?

bigstack19

February 24th, 2010
12:34 pm

That will put us over the top. Another brilliant move by Frank Wren. He should get a contract extension that will keep him here until 2050. Awesome move. It softens the blow of losing Greg Norton who was the most explosive offensive player the Braves have ever had and the heart and soul of the team. J.R. House = World Series Champions for the next 20 years. I am so excited I could crap a communion cracker!

jimmymcguffey

February 24th, 2010
12:36 pm

he was a hell of a qb

don

February 24th, 2010
12:37 pm

I agree with tjhook. Give House a chance. Similar sm art remarks were made when the braves signed Greg Olsen and that turned out to be a good move.

GREG NORTON

February 24th, 2010
12:42 pm

Shut your mouth. I was about to be on fire if Bobby put me in for one more AB.

Chris from the Rock

February 24th, 2010
12:42 pm

Yes, we’ve finally replaced Corky Miller!

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12:43 pm

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Chris from the Rock

February 24th, 2010
12:45 pm

Funny stuff bigstack.

chem

February 24th, 2010
12:46 pm

The braves signed a minor league catcher… These transactions happen almost weekly with every team. Why does this upset the internet masses?

Apollonasia

February 24th, 2010
12:48 pm

Guys seriously. This guy won’t even play in the big leagues. Clint Sammons would get the call before he does. And these kinds of signings are common during spring training. With all the pitchers in camp, you need a few catchers around.

Apollonasia

February 24th, 2010
12:49 pm

chem,
Exactly.

ugalaw

February 24th, 2010
12:56 pm

J.R. House was a Jim Donnan commitment. In other words, he’s really old.

Steve

February 24th, 2010
1:07 pm

Wholly crap Corky Miller is in camp with the Reds!!!! I think the Reds might have found the missing link they have been looking for???

Mitchell

February 24th, 2010
1:46 pm

We gotta give Clint Sammons a few more chances to back up BMac. Like instead of two at-bats in ‘09, maybe three or for this year.

I’m telling you, that guy can hit and has surprising power. I don’t know where I’m getting this from but he did work a walk in that game against the Mets where Delgado dropped the last out but we still lost. I remember he hit a foul ball about ten feet left of the left field foul pole that went about 400 feet.

Who is this guy anyway? Do we need four catchers?

TheWyzyrd

February 24th, 2010
2:18 pm

No, J.R. only has three years of eligibility left. He was the third-string quarterback in 2005 at WVU.

Yeagowv

February 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

House was always a better baseball player than qb. He ran a west coast offense in hs in 96 with two great receivers and nobody knew how to shut it down. Everytime the pirates tried to promote house, Jason Kendall would go on a huge tear and house would end up stuck on the bench, after that he got the aaaa label and was never viewed as a serious prospect in Houston or Baltimore. He had a hose back in the day and was an above average hitter. Good signing adds depth

richbrave

February 24th, 2010
2:58 pm

OMG we’re doomed. We didn’t sign DYE.

BravesWV

February 24th, 2010
3:00 pm

I’m from WV and even I haven’t heard this guy’s name in years. It’s been a while, so I may have my facts mixed up. He was an outstanding football player. If I remember right, he threw for something crazy like 9 or 11 touchdowns in a game once. I believe he injured his arm at some point and was never the same after that. Even though its unlikely, we can all hope he gets another chance and makes the best of it.

dirkisabeliever

February 24th, 2010
3:17 pm

teams carry 4-8 catchers in spring spring traning just due to the amount of pitching going on…not just in games, but bullpen sessions and so forth. He will not make the ATLANTA team. He will go to AAA. I have no idea why people are BASHING Wren for solidifying the catcher spot at AAA? The better the catcher is, the less the pitcher has to think about. There is something called the minor leagues…and you have to fill those rosters too ya know? They also have to be competitive…so people come see the games…and bring in more money. Atlanta sports fans are ridiculous.

dirkisabeliever

February 24th, 2010
3:21 pm

Mitch Jones…Brent Clevlen…Jordan Schafer…Matt Young…Joe Thurston…JR House…that gives the Braves some solid AAA depth. Wren is doing just fine with the system. Armchair–FANTASY GM’s.

UF Brave

February 24th, 2010
3:45 pm

I, for one, am VERY excited about this signing! JR was not only a standout QB in WV in high school but a standout baseball player in the Daytona Beach, FL area as well. He played with and mentored my brother who was also a catcher. He was the best catcher I’ve ever seen at the High School level.
He got drafted by the Pirates in the middle rounds, rose quickly and was their catcher-in-waiting for whenever they were ready to unload Jason Kendell. However they ended up holding on to Kendell a few more years and JR got hurt right before they finally traded Kendell so he got passed over. After that he ended up in the Astros organization, where he again rose quickly and was on the verge of a major league callup when he got injured again. After that he was too old to be considered a ‘prospect’ so he never got another real shot to make the big leagues. He got a couple ABs with the Astros as a september callup, but nothing serious. He continues to rake in the minors however, as his numbers show.
Bottom line is…this signing has nothing to do with the ‘Atlanta’ Braves, and probably more to do with the ‘Gwinnett’ Braves…but JR is still a good ball player and a great person. I know he’ll hit well in AAA and may even become a fan favorite there. He’s a good mentor for all of our younger players, and if we did need him in Atlanta due to injuries, he’d perform capably. So this is a good signing, and anyone who says otherwise or bashes Wren for this just doesn’t understand the facts and is looking for something to be negative about.

dirkisabeliever

February 24th, 2010
3:50 pm

“UF Brave
February 24th, 2010
3:45 pm”

coming from UM this is the only time ive ever agreed with a UF…..ha

Craig

February 24th, 2010
4:27 pm

Luman Harris

February 24th, 2010
5:27 pm

Kind of like Crash Davis? Don’t laugh. It got Nuke to the majors!

Larry Gann

February 24th, 2010
5:55 pm

Well if any of you were true Braves fans you would remember a catcher named Greg Olson that didnt make it to the majors till he was 30 and went on to have a really good carear including a rookie all star appearance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gil In Mechanicsville

February 24th, 2010
6:12 pm

Pretty much destined to be Clint Sammons back up and tutor in AAA I would expect.

Frank Tepedino

February 24th, 2010
9:25 pm

Give it up Luman you old codger, you. Me and Buzz Capra will raise heck, again.

phoenix falcon

February 25th, 2010
2:59 pm

wow, what the hell did JR do to you people, how can you hate somebody who never did anything to you, and who you don’t even know. some of you people have very REAL, metal issues.

phoenix falcon

February 25th, 2010
2:59 pm

mental issuses

phoenix falcon

February 25th, 2010
3:00 pm

Billy B

February 25th, 2010
10:24 pm

I have gotten to know JR well, and have watched him train for several months now. He is in superior condition, and is ready to play ball. He was and is still a tremendous athelete, and I will not be surprised if he ends up in Atlanta on the 40 man roster by the end of the season. Personally, he is one of the finest people I know”. Bottom Line He’s ready.

scott

February 26th, 2010
5:04 pm

I hope he does great i meen i got a lesson from the guy 2 weeks ago lol and he luvs his baseball.

Miike W

March 2nd, 2010
4:34 pm

JR House is a takented athlete who has had some bad breaks, playing behing Jason Kendell in AA when he was with Pittsburg, then a serious shoulder injury. He trains a works hard and will be a positive influence on his teamamates. I hope this is the break he needs. He does love the game and will be a fan favorite

JF

March 2nd, 2010
9:59 pm

He played one year of football at WVU during the Rodriquez years. Only got a few snaps, Pat White was the starter.

Pete Riley

March 18th, 2010
8:32 am

I had the fortunate opportunity to have my 13 year old son personally coached as a catcher by JR this past winter. JR is an honorable and dedicated ballplayer. I like his ethics, attitude and ability. I wish him nothing but success for he and his family. GO J.R.!

Rocky

April 19th, 2010
3:25 pm

Why have hate for a guy that makes his living playing minor league baseball? So he goes out, makes 80 – 90 thousand a year doing something he loves. Who wouldn’t want a job like that? Do not hate, admire the guy.

steph

May 2nd, 2010
5:25 am

JR is going to do great! This coming from me, A girl from his hometown. He’s great at any sport and at any age. Don’t hate cuz you ain’t..

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