• The Best Hitting Bad Fielding Catchers In Baseball History

    Posted by on June 25th, 2013 · Comments (5)
    Rk Player Rbat Rfield From To Age G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    1 Mike Piazza 414 -63 1992 2007 23-38 1912 7745 1048 2127 344 427 1335 759 1113 .308 .377 .545
    2 Joe Torre 301 -28 1960 1977 19-36 2209 8802 996 2342 344 252 1185 779 1094 .297 .365 .452
    3 Jorge Posada 206 -60 1995 2011 23-39 1829 7150 900 1664 379 275 1065 936 1453 .273 .374 .474
    4 Ted Simmons 171 -33 1968 1988 18-38 2456 9685 1074 2472 483 248 1389 855 694 .285 .348 .437
    5 Mickey Tettleton 144 -52 1984 1997 23-36 1485 5745 711 1132 210 245 732 949 1307 .241 .369 .449
    6 Victor Martinez 128 -48 2002 2013 23-34 1222 5124 612 1360 287 149 779 482 567 .299 .365 .461
    7 Mike Stanley 120 -59 1986 2000 23-37 1467 4989 625 1138 220 187 702 652 929 .270 .370 .458
    8 Darren Daulton 62 -27 1983 1997 21-35 1161 4340 511 891 197 137 588 629 726 .245 .357 .427
    9 Bob Brenly 25 -26 1981 1989 27-35 871 3002 321 647 119 91 333 318 438 .247 .330 .403
    10 Don Slaught 18 -30 1982 1997 23-38 1327 4503 415 1151 235 77 476 311 559 .283 .338 .412
    11 Mike Lieberthal 9 -32 1994 2007 22-35 1212 4695 534 1155 257 150 610 335 571 .274 .337 .446
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    Comments on The Best Hitting Bad Fielding Catchers In Baseball History

    1. Corey
      June 25th, 2013 | 9:05 pm

      Not sure what the criteria is, but I’d expect Carlos Santana on a list like this if he continues to catch.

    2. June 25th, 2013 | 9:21 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Not sure what the criteria is

      IIRC, 700+ games caught and Rfield> -30

    3. 77yankees
      June 25th, 2013 | 11:46 pm

      AJ Pierzynski has to be on this list somewhere.

    4. #15
      June 26th, 2013 | 5:41 pm

      Sadly, Romine doesn’t hit well enough to be considered. Of course, Montero doesn’t either.

      Given what we have know, I’d take back Jorge at the performance level he had in the middle of his career in a heartbeat.

      And BTW, defensive stats for catchers that don’t factor in handling the pitchers and calling games are simply bovine scatology. Maybe some metric where you multipy the defensive stat of your choice by some form of ERA or win:loss ratio of the team in the games he caught might work.

    5. MJ Recanati
      June 26th, 2013 | 5:54 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Given what we have know, I’d take back Jorge at the performance level he had in the middle of his career in a heartbeat.

      Of course; in the middle of his career, Posada was a borderline Hall of Fame caliber player.

      The problem with Posada was at the end of his career when his defense was abhorrently bad and he didn’t hit enough to justify his lousy attitude and mental lapses on the field.

      #15 wrote:

      Maybe some metric where you multipy the defensive stat of your choice by some form of ERA or win:loss ratio of the team in the games he caught might work.

      ERA and W/L ratio shouldn’t apply but I hear what you’re saying. Some folks at the various sabermetric sites have tried to quantify the value of pitch framing which is at least some of what you’re talking about.

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