Originally Posted by MikeThierry
Geesh, I was looking at Yadi's defensive stats. He threw out 64% of runners out in 2005.
Yeah, it hard to compare Yadi's defense to other catcher's. He definitely has been in a league of his own (except for his brothers, lol) when it comes to defense.
But caught stealing percentage isn't the best stat to judge a catcher's ability to throw out runners, let alone his defense as a whole. A good defensive catcher will prohibit all but the true basestealers from running, which is why Yadi only had 68 runners attempt on him in 135 games. The average is about one a game.
Hernandez and Hanigan were well under one a game (around .65 combined). While not as great as Yadi, they had a pretty good year throwing out runners combined last season.
According to Fangraphs, which is not very accurate with catchers, to be honest, they both rated about right at league average overall. But that sems about right. They weren't gold glove caliber, but I don't think the Reds were complaining about their defense.