Article: Position Analysis: Catcher
Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:04 AM
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Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:31 AM
I think that I left this comment in the wrong place so I am reposting it here:
I am trying to do a bit of math, looking at Mauer's slash line, career tendencies and 2011 line:
Career average isoD (OBP-BA) is .080, 2011 isoD was .073
Career average isoP (SLG-BA) is .148, 2011 isoP was .081
with a .310 BA, using career averages OBP would be .390 and SLG .458; and 2011 (worse case) numbers OBP would be .383 and SLG .391
so that .310/.370./.460 assumes a career isoP and a well below career isoD, which may result if he becomes more of a free swinger, but I highly doubt that. I really think that .310/.385/.450 might probably be more realistic; however, I really think that that .310 will be closer to .325 this season
The problem with the statistical breakdown is Mauer's health. He has only been healthy half of his career, and when he is he hits great, when he plays injured he hits 290
Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:36 AM
As I posted on the STrib....why not have the AAA catchers in AAA, and if there is an injury, use an airplane to get them to wherever the Twins are? Why waste a roster spot, game after game, on the chance there is an injury? Aren't they better off with more contributing players?
short answer: yes.
slightly longer answer: yes, but Gardenhire seems to be extremely risk-adverse when it comes to the prospect of "losing" the DH, so that's probably the real reason we "need" a 3rd catcher on the 25 man roster. Hopefully Towles can out-hit Butera enough to get the job so there's a possibility out 3rd catcher won't be a complete offensive black hole.
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