Free agent catcher Jason Jaramillo has signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros.
He was not called up to the majors last season, but he did play at the Triple-A level. He played in 75 games with the Nashville Sounds, where he had a .221 batting average in 75 games.
With the Astros, he is expected to be an emergency catcher. He will be the Astros fourth catcher, behind Juan Castro, Carlos Corporan, and Chris Stewart.
For three seasons, he made three separate stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Major League level. In 2009, he appeared in 63 games and had a .252 batting average with three home runs and 26 RBI's.
In 2010, he played in 33 games with the Pirates, and had a .149 batting average with one home run and 6 RBI's. In 2011, he played in 23 games with the Pirates, where he hit .326 with 6 RBI's.
He was a second round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2004 MLB Anateur draft.