Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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
  Tags: brewers, catchers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. jmp 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.
   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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.



<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
Shooty Did Not Have Relations With That Pig
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogDoes free agency freeze mean MLB finally learned splurging lesson? | New York Post
(16 - 2:36pm, Nov 29)
Last: Walt Davis

(1113 - 2:36pm, Nov 29)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogOT - November* 2015 College Football thread
(1194 - 2:33pm, Nov 29)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - November 2015
(1337 - 2:26pm, Nov 29)
Last: theboyqueen

NewsblogBidding for David Price could reach 7 years, $210 million - The Boston Globe
(10 - 2:21pm, Nov 29)
Last: Colonel Samuel B. Sternwheeler

NewsblogOT: Soccer in November 2015
(139 - 2:21pm, Nov 29)
Last: Spivey

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-27-2015
(19 - 2:15pm, Nov 29)
Last: Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC)

NewsblogMLB to investigate Dodgers' Yasiel Puig for role in reported fight - LA Times
(57 - 2:14pm, Nov 29)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogChris Davis and the 'hometown discount' - Baltimore Sun
(15 - 2:06pm, Nov 29)
Last: Adam Starblind

Newsblog4 teams that could sign Jason Heyward |
(11 - 1:57pm, Nov 29)
Last: Adam Starblind

Newsblog2015 MLB qualifying offers |
(30 - 12:38pm, Nov 29)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogNew York Mets prospects Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini bounced back in big ways in 2015 |
(8 - 10:58am, Nov 29)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogComcast takes shot at Yankees in dispute as cable operator says not many folks watching the games on YES
(22 - 10:41am, Nov 29)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogWhat awaits in negotiations for Major League Baseball's next labor deal?
(39 - 7:41am, Nov 29)
Last: Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle

NewsblogDavid Price would be right move for Red Sox - The Boston Globe
(6 - 1:10am, Nov 29)
Last: Mark Armour

Page rendered in 0.1275 seconds
47 querie(s) executed