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Catcher situation

NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS
Braves 162 602 62 146 21 0 29 91 254 61 127 4 0.243 0.311 0.422 0.733
Marlins 162 552 47 116 29 1 15 52 192 64 166 2 0.21 0.295 0.348 0.643
Diamondbacks 162 578 75 159 29 2 17 100 243 77 153 1 0.275 0.371 0.42 0.791
Cubs 162 572 59 121 28 1 13 51 190 53 130 0 0.212 0.284 0.332 0.616
Reds 162 547 46 140 25 1 9 50 194 62 82 1 0.256 0.333 0.355 0.688
Rockies 162 622 82 155 32 0 33 101 286 35 138 3 0.249 0.289 0.46 0.749
Astrons 162 540 57 121 24 2 17 63 200 66 146 0 0.224 0.313 0.37 0.683
Dodgers 162 524 53 131 22 2 15 60 202 79 137 1 0.25 0.354 0.385 0.74
Brewers 162 583 73 169 26 3 22 88 267 57 103 5 0.29 0.357 0.458 0.815
Mets 162 542 41 118 22 0 5 48 155 43 109 0 0.218 0.281 0.286 0.567
Phillies 162 583 76 172 46 0 24 95 290 45 98 4 0.295 0.363 0.497 0.861
Pirates 162 541 53 118 25 0 23 68 212 57 136 0 0.218 0.3 0.392 0.692
Padres 162 577 58 130 20 2 11 69 187 67 136 2 0.225 0.307 0.324 0.631
Giants 162 624 85 193 40 1 23 114 304 58 119 1 0.309 0.365 0.487 0.852
Cardinals 162 617 77 188 37 1 23 84 296 47 72 12 0.305 0.356 0.48 0.835
Nationals 162 573 58 136 23 1 16 69 209 44 115 3 0.237 0.294 0.365 0.659
Average 0.251 0.323313 0.398813 0.722188
Median 0.246 0.312 0.3885 0.7125

Here is the production of every NL teams catchers throughout the season. The Pirates catchers were well documented to be below league average throughout the entire season. My main belief is that McKenry and Sanchez should be able to put up league average numbers maybe not in Slugging percentage but the two combined will definitely increase the Pirates OBP from last year. Just read Moneyball and it convinced me that OBP is the most important stat especially when the Pirates were so good last year at making outs (SO's, sac bunts, base running gaffes, caught stealing, etc...). After looking over Tony Sanchez's Minor League numbers (found at the bottom) I believe last year his BABIP was a little too low and should regress closer to .300 and also coming back from his hand injury slowed him down at the start of the year. He has always walked a good deal and I believe it is not unreasonable to expect him to put up a slash line of 240/320/365. This would make him a league average hitter from the catching position with a less power than average. McKenry is more difficult to project but I think that his line last year (233/320/422) with maybe the a few less HR's with more plat appearances is not unreasonable either.

The most important reason I believe these two to be the best options is because of the current FA catchers and also money needs to be spent elsewhere on this team in order to improve it the most. We obviously need another SP and I am still unsure if our OF is Marte, Cutch, Snyder or Marte, Cutch, Jones and if that leaves a hole at 1B or what the Pirates are expecting of Gaby Sanchez. I still do not know what to think of Barmes and whether he is just

old and the 1st part of the season is who is or whether he was unlucky in the 1st part of the season and the 2nd half

Barmes is who he is. Saving money at the catcher position with hopefully an improved defense (Sanchez cannot

be worse than Barajas and Fort is average) should allow them to try to upgrade 1st the SP, figure out the OF/1B

position, Barmes insurance, and the bullpen.

Tony Sanchez's numbers

2009 Pirates (A-) 4 14 0 2 1 0 7.1 % 14.3 % .077 .364 .308 .357 .385 .351 121
2009 Pirates (A) 41 188 7 29 46 1 11.2 % 18.1 % .245 .356 .316 .415 .561 .435 173
2009 Pirates (A+) 3 13 0 2 1 0 7.7 % 30.8 % .200 .333 .200 .385 .400 .373 130
2010 Solar Sox (R) 18 76 4 11 9 0 9.2 % 27.6 % .191 .233 .206 .289 .397 .307 70
2010 Pirates (A+) 59 250 4 31 35 1 11.2 % 16.4 % .140 .367 .314 .416 .454 .404 154
2011 Pirates (AA) 118 469 5 46 44 5 10.0 % 16.2 % .077 .285 .241 .340 .318 .309 88
2012 Pirates (AA) 40 162 0 22 17 1 11.1 % 20.4 % .113 .361 .277 .370 .390 .352 116
2012 Pirates (AAA) 62 236 8 21 26 0 9.7 % 19.5 % .175 .260 .233 .316 .408 .329 102

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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