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Article: Is Mitch Garver Still a Catcher?

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#41 jorgenswest


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 10:25 AM

I hope he is still a catcher because I don’t think he is a major leaguer without catcher.

He can compete with Tyler Austin with the bat and roster spot. They both had WOBAs of .325 last year. They both are 27. They get to their WOBAs in different ways.

Garver gets on base more often and had less power. His platoon splits are less extreme and in the reverse direction where he has hit right handed pitching better than left handed pitching. As a catcher having less extreme platoon splits is a benefit since mangers are reluctant to pinch hit for that spot. It also helps because it is difficult to platoon catcher by swing as they can often be tied to their own starting pitcher.

Austin WOBA is power driven. He has extreme platoon splits. His WOBA is skewed given his disproportionate use against left handed pitching. A more normal distribution with a greater percentage of his at bats against right handed pitching may give us a different picture of his future value. He certainly can hit lefties. This is great as a bench bat and platoon player. It is not so great if he is in the middle of the order and has a key at bat late in the game against a right handed pitcher.

I am not sure who is more valuable on the bench (assuming that Astudillo is there as a catcher). Austin has no positional flexibility but can really hit left handed pitching. Garver has more position flexibility but isn’t going to scare a right or left handed pitcher.

Which is more helpful to the team? One great skill in the short side of the platoon with little else or a broader set of mediocre skills?

#42 joefish


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 12:29 PM

Go t'ins

#43 butterspud


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 02:53 PM

If he continues to grow in the hitting department, could he be a valuable DH?

#44 Mr. Brooks

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 04:15 PM

If he continues to grow in the hitting department, could he be a valuable DH?


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