Braves sign Fernando Lunar

The Braves have brought back Fernando Lunar. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has more.

The Braves have signed catcher Fernando Lunar to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old Lunar started his pro career in the Braves' organization signing as a free agent in 1994. He made his big league debut with Atlanta in 2000 playing in 22 games as a backup. Later that summer he was traded to the Orioles in the B.J. Surhoff deal.

Lunar played the entire 2001 season in Baltimore and hit .246 in 167 at bats. He then bounced around in Triple-A the next three seasons with the Orioles, Rangers, and Royals before playing Independent League baseball the last two years.

Lunar is a solid defensive player with very limited offensive skills. His batting average for him minor league career was .222 in 895 games, while his major league average in his 95 games is only .224.

The Braves placed Lunar on the Double-A Mississippi roster. The team has also brought in veteran catchers Corky Miller and Iker Franco this winter to compete for playing time in Triple-A.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can also be heard regularly on the Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at

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