I have never been a HUGE Jeffers fan, but at the same time I have never been anti-jeffers. but as this season goes on, I have to wonder what the best decision is to fix our catching. Or does it need fixing?
The Twins are exactly middle of the road when it comes to team ERA, and for the Twins that is a huge win!! We do not have aces to rely on, or stud bullpens, so being 15 out of 30 is quite acceptable. A certain amount of that has to go to the catching. so in that aspect you have to give Jeffers some credit.
But how long can we go with a primary catcher who hits .176 with a .570 OPS? on top of that he is only throwing out 13% of base stealers. The book is out, and any team that has any semblance of speed is now running at will against us/him. So now a walk turns into a double or triple.
Jeffers cannot remain the primary catcher on a contending team.
Is he just havign a bad year?
well considering career numbers are .201 and OPS of .656 say it is not UNUSUALLY bad for him. He did throw out about 27% of base stealers last year, but that isnt super great either.
SO how do you fix the C spot?
1) an absolute pipe dream, becasue no way they will trade in the division, and KC loves him, but I woudl give up a LOT to get MJ Melendez from KC!!
2) How about we get into the Wilson Contreras trade game?
I am otherwise not a brilliant cacthing mind, so help me out here...
What do the Twins need to do at Catcher?