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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Gary Sánchez’s Offensive Surge Can’t Mask a New Woe Behind the Plate

Article summary: The Yankees catcher is on pace to break the position’s long-standing home run record, but his drop-off in pitch framing is costing New York almost as much as his bat can make up

Master of the Horse Posted: June 11, 2019 at 05:08 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, new york yankees, pitch framing

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Giants’ Posey Catching More In Spring Than Expected

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — On Saturday, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey played in his fifth spring training game and made his fourth start behind the plate.

Told that it seems as if he’s catching more than expected coming off hip surgery, Posey agreed.

“Which is a good thing,” Posey said. “I didn’t really have expectations coming in. I would say so, too. That’s a positive.”

Going to be interesting to see if this lasts- it’s likely that how he recovers will be telling about the future trajectory of his career.

 

QLE Posted: March 10, 2019 at 07:32 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, catching, giants

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Danny Jansen poised to solve decades-old problem for Blue Jays

The phrase “catcher of the future” has plenty of sour connotations for Toronto Blue Jays fans.

Finding that player has always been difficult, and it seems like the franchise has gone through veteran after veteran at the spot after failing to draft and develop a player who could hold it down for a significant span.

Even Ernie Whitt, by far the greatest catching mainstay in team history, wasn’t originally a Blue Jays draft pick. Among the top 15 Blue Jays catchers by games played only three of them — Pat Borders, J.P. Arencibia, and Greg Myers — were drafted by the club. Those three combined for just 8.9 total WAR in their careers with Toronto. Although to be fair catcher performance is notoriously difficult to quantify with precision, that’s not a big number for three players over a total of 1,522 games.

 

QLE Posted: March 07, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, catching, danny jansen

 

 

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