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|