Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
Isn't "old player skills" supposed to include power? Hanigan has very little of it. There are times when Hanigan completely squares up the ball, hits it on the sweet spot of the bat ... and the left fielder has to back up a couple steps to catch it. Dude just has very little natural power.
It doesn't have to include power. He's a guy that is getting by with having adequate bat speed to pair with his strong eye and patience. The moment his bat speed takes a hit, the patient approach isn't going to get him very far as pitchers can challenge him more.
Like a lot of catchers, his offense could go to zero in a blink of an eye, earlier than I would expect if he played a less demanding position. Considering he's already getting the most out of his approach, and doesn't have much athletic skills to go by, I don't see him as a long term answer to the catching position.