2014 AL East Catcher Preview

bos_g_springts_600x400Hello folks baseball is back in Spring Training and it is time to start grading out the AL East. I’m only doing the AL East to assess where I think the Red Sox sit in their division. We are going to do this fairly scientifically. I’m going to grade each player, at each starting position. The team with the best player at the position gets 5 points, 2nd 4 points etc. Get it? Good, if not go away. Each position gets 2 lists, purely statistical and purely sleeveless. At the end the team with the most points from both lists will be the scientific favorite to win the AL East. Then I’ll wrap it all up and tell if I agree or disagree with science or if I’ll have my own sleeveless prediction.

Today, February 24th, we do catchers!

 

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

C

NAME

TEAM

OPS

BABIP

WAR

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

1

Wieters

ORIOLES

0.704

0.247

2.4

0.235

22

79

2

2

McCann

YANKEES

0.796

0.261

2.7

0.256

20

57

0

3

Navarro

BLUE JAYS

0.856

0.307

1.7

0.3

13

34

0

4

Pierzynski

RED SOX

0.722

0.288

1.6

0.272

17

70

1

5

Hanigan

RAYS

0.567

0.216

0

0.198

2

21

0

 SLEEVELESS ANALYSIS

1. Matt Wieters – Orioles

Should be the best catcher in the AL for the next 3 years. Should.

2. Brian McCann – Yankees

Does move to AL hurt his overall numbers? Slightly.

3.  A.J. Pierzynski -RedSox

Good park for him to hit. .290/20/75 is a likely stat line.

4. Dioner Navarro BlueJays

Love his numbers, I think he could be top 3 by the end of 2014.

5. Ryan Hanigan – Rays

The Rays tend to let people do their jobs and not worry much the #s, but his numbers are bad.

 AL EAST RANKS

2/24/2014

Catchers

Overall

Points

Orioles

10

Orioles

10

Yankees

8

Yankees

8

Red Sox

5

Red Sox

5

Blue Jays

5

Blue Jays

5

Rays

2

Rays

2

SUMMARY

My overall impression is that The Orioles have a clear advantage at catcher should Wieters prove to be as good as he is capable. The Red Sox and Yankees are both bringing in veterans either of who could be the best here by the end of the year. My sleeper in the AL is the Blue Jays Navarro. I really like his 2013 stats and think over the next 2 years he could become a top 2 AL catcher. Hanigan is a throw away for the Rays. I don’t know what their back up plan is, but I imagine we will see it sooner rather than later.

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