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Saturday, June 14, 2014

BtBS: Jonathan Lucroy is the best catcher in baseball

This season, Lucroy has compiled a .325/.394/.491 batting line for a 146 wRC+ and 2.4 fWAR, easily the highest mark among catchers. Over the last calendar year, he’s managed a .306/.370/.480 line for a 135 wRC+ and 5.3 fWAR. That’s a half win more than Molina and almost two full wins more than Posey. [...]

Lucroy, Molina and Posey all rate very highly with regards to pitch-framing. Of the three, Lucroy is clearly the best.

bobm Posted: June 14, 2014 at 08:28 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. caprules Posted: June 15, 2014 at 12:59 AM (#4726461)
Agreed. Plus it's really fun to say Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuc.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: June 16, 2014 at 03:42 AM (#4727096)
Lucroy's main problem is that my brain keeps thinking "Matt LaPorta" when I hear his name so my brain refuses to store away the information that he is a good player.
   3. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: June 16, 2014 at 08:43 AM (#4727109)
He also has about the team-friendliest contract you're going to find in the sport. The Brewers signed him to a 5 yr./$10.26 million contract before the 2012 season, with a 2017 team option for $5.25M. So, 6 years for $15.5 million? Pretty awesome.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 16, 2014 at 08:49 AM (#4727113)
I still cant't mentally separate him from this guy.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lecroma01.shtml
   5. BDC Posted: June 16, 2014 at 09:10 AM (#4727120)
I see that Lucroy was a third-round draft pick. Has he come a long way as a pro, or did he slip initially in the draft for reasons unrelated to his potential? Of course, I guess "third round" does not mean "total sleeper."
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: June 16, 2014 at 09:16 AM (#4727124)
That's a half win more than Molina and almost two full wins more than Posey.


How many times does it need to be said. War isn't accurate to the decimal. When you are talking .5 difference in war, you are effectively talking the same value.

Agree with the premise, that up to this point in time in the season, that Lucroy has been the best catcher in baseball. That doesn't mean he's the best catcher in baseball, it means in a relatively short time frame he has been the best.
   7. Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 16, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4727139)
I'm the same as snapper.
I can't mentally separate this amazing catcher with the one that made Frank Robinson cry.

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