They are obviously aware of the problem. George grand reports that David Ross is close to beiing placed on the DL. Dusty has been giving a lot of PT to several catchers in camp. When they are not behind the plate, they have been DH-ing.
Kroski (along with Castro, Hairston, and Patterson) even batted against Arroyo, Coffey, and Brower in a few simulated game innings last weekend in Sarasota.
BTW, Brower looks a young as many of the kids in camp, and Patterson (body looks like a high school Jr. Varsity player) had the best results against the pitching trio -- relaxed and comfortable at the plate.
Speaking of bodies, aside from Ross and Valentin, all other catchers' physiques are more slender/muscular -- not unlike what one sees in bodies of the most athletic/muscular college quarterbacks, linebackers, middle-weight wrestlers. Great arms on all of the AAA, AA, A catchers I saw, BTW.
No. Player P GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG TB SLG
81 Chris Kroski C 3 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 .333 2 .667
9 Paul Bako C 9 6 12 4 4 0 1 0 1 .333 6 .500
71 Craig Tatum C 7 0 9 1 2 1 0 0 2 .222 3 .333
17 Javier Valentin C 8 7 15 3 4 1 0 0 2 .267 5 .333
65 Ryan Hanigan C 9 3 15 2 2 1 0 0 1 .133 3 .200
76 Alvin Colina C 7 0 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 .091 1 .091
For what it's worth, in BP, when Hanigan steps into the cage, he typically starts hitting line drives from the very first pitch, unlike many who don't get a good swing until the third or fourth pitch perhaps.
Last edited by Far East; 03-11-2008 at 12:07 PM.
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The reds really need to improve their catcher situation.
Although that's sometimes even harder than improving pitching.
Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
Not sure how highly he's thought of, but the Pirates seemed pretty intent on platooning Ryan Doumit last season or moving him to the OF so maybe he'd come at a reasonable price. Didn't do anything otherworldly, but his .274/.341/.472 line in 250 AB's shows some ability. He's only 26 and is probably a pretty good bet to get a bit better. PECOTA likes him to repeat his 2007 performance. He'd be my target.
"It's still a long way to the top if we want to rock'n'roll, but at least they dumped the tuba player."
There can only be one answer to the catching question:
"But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."
With the signing of Corey Patterson and the LH bats of either Votto or Hatteberg on the bench, there really is no reason to justify Javy Valentin occupying a roster spot, except for his 1.375M guaranteed salary.
He is not a good catcher.