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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Baer: Caleb Joseph has homered in five consecutive games

Also, we went 142 years between the first major league “Caleb” and the second… and now there are four.  The more you know… 彡

If you’re not familiar with the name Caleb Joseph, you’re not alone. The 28-year-old, drafted by the Orioles in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, made his major league debut on May 7 this season and has been playing regularly behind the dish since catcher Matt Wieters succumbed to a season-ending elbow injury…

His second-inning two-run home run against Cardinals starter John Lackey today was his fifth home run in his last five games. As MLB.com’s David Wilson notes, Joseph has become the 15th catcher to homer in five consecutive games. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco also accomplished the feat earlier this season, between June 20-25.

The record for home runs in consecutive games by a catcher is six, held by Walker Cooper, a catcher for the New York Giants in 1947. The overall record is eight consecutive games with a home run, accomplished by three players: Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987), and Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993).

Including today’s 2-for-4 performance, Joseph is now slashing .227/.287/.429 with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 175 plate appearances.

The District Attorney Posted: August 10, 2014 at 01:16 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DKDC Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:49 PM (#4768095)
I mean, he's obviously hitting over his head a bit, but Joseph has been a huge reason the O's have been able to shrug off the Wieters injury and open up a big lead in the division.

If the early returns on his defense and framing prove out, he can be a legitimate league average starting catcher with an OPS in the low 600s.
   2. King Berenger Posted: August 10, 2014 at 04:08 PM (#4768115)
He also has a 49% CS.
   3. The District Attorney Posted: August 10, 2014 at 04:27 PM (#4768136)
If you think about it, the recent Oriole run of relative success is pretty darn impressive when you consider that the team was meant to be built around Wieters, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis, and yet only one of those guys turned out to be anything at all special. (I realize both Wieters and Markakis are decent major leaguers, but... they ain't great.)

I suppose fate turned it into one of those classic Dan Duquette teams where pretty much no one is a star but pretty much no one stinks.
   4. Sweatpants Posted: August 10, 2014 at 05:34 PM (#4768183)
If you think about it, the recent Oriole run of relative success is pretty darn impressive when you consider that the team was meant to be built around Wieters, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis, and yet only one of those guys turned out to be anything at all special. (I realize both Wieters and Markakis are decent major leaguers, but... they ain't great.)
Markakis at his best was better than Jones has ever been. He just hit his peak at a time when it didn't really make a difference.
   5. valuearbitrageur Posted: August 10, 2014 at 05:34 PM (#4768184)
Wasn't this how Wieters was supposed to turn out? The last 5 games at least.
   6. Curse of the Andino Posted: August 10, 2014 at 07:19 PM (#4768225)
Markakis at his best was better than Jones has ever been. He just hit his peak at a time when it didn't really make a difference.


Yeah, and really tailed off from being a 7 WAR player to, maybe a 2.5.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 10, 2014 at 07:37 PM (#4768241)
Yeah, and really tailed off from being a 7 WAR player to, maybe a 2.5.

It's quite possible he never was a 7 WAR player. That +22 in Rfield is completely out of context with the rest of his career, and UZR only has him as +5.
   8. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 10, 2014 at 08:47 PM (#4768272)
Wasn't Reimold a highly touted prospect ~5 years back too?
   9. DKDC Posted: August 10, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4768288)
Reimold was never in the class of those other guys as a prospect. More of a B type.

Looking back at Markakis, he really did regress in a remarkable way. I was going to say he was Ben Grieve 2.0, but then I looked back at Ben Grieve's numbers and he wasn't nearly as good as I remembered and was a horrifically bad fielder to boot. Interestingly, if Grieve had panned out, he might still be playing - he's only 38 years old.

Back to Markakis, he showed a ton of promise at a young age, but suddenly the power and patience evaporated and he lost a step in the field. Since 1980, the top wRC+ through age 24 season, minimum 1500 PA:

1. Frank Thomas
2. Mike Trout
3. Albert Pujols
4. Ken Griffey
...
28. Andrew McCutchen
29. Scott Rolen
30. Joe Mauer
31. Nick Markakis
32. Barry Bonds
33. Gary Sheffield
...

There are other "busts" on the list that I clipped out, but still, damn...
   10. Curse of the Andino Posted: August 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM (#4768301)
There are other "busts" on the list that I clipped out, but still, damn...


Yeah, and the decline came right after he signed the "big contract." I can remember, long ago, Eddie Murray, Mr. Consistency, being slagged in the media and by ownership for how he'd "slacked off" after getting the dough.
   11. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM (#4768306)
A lot of people thought Markakis had been promoted on Angelos' orders because he was Greek, and wasn't actually ready for the bigs. The MiLB track record seems to show that his promotion was ambitious but not ridiculous, and who knows -- Angelos is such a figure of loathing, people would attribute anything to him.

Anyhoozy, I don't think I was alone when Markakis' blossoming surprised me -- but his collapse surprised me even more. When he hit 306/406/491 at 24, I thought we probably had a star on our hands. Turns out that was his best season. If he hadn't been aggressively promoted, he might have had that year in the minors, and ended up a guy who never really panned out at all.
   12. Ziggy Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM (#4768320)
Yeah, Markakis was supposed to be huge and then turned out to be ordinary. He is very popular in Baltimore though.

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