Over at Fangraphs David Appleman has a piece on pitch blocking by catchers. He creates two new statistics. One is CPP, the expected number of passed pitches. The other is RPP, runs above or below average in blocking pitches. The usual suspects do well on this measure of catcher defense, Yadier Molina, Brian McCann, Matt Wieters #!!%$##!. Note that Rod Barajas looks pretty good on this metric as well. Also note that Doumit (what a shock!) and Chris Snyder look pretty bad. The number before each player's name is their 2011 rank in RPP.
The swings here are not huge, on the order of 10 or so runs over the course of a year. The open question is how many wins one adds by upgrading defense at catcher and short. Got me.
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