Catching up with Saltalamacchia and Varitek

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    Re: Catching up with Saltalamacchia and Varitek

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    [QUOTE]It looks like there might be help on the way in the CS department.  Ryan Lavarnway, in addition to tearing up IL pitching since being called up, has thrown out 4 of 11 would-be base stealers for  36%, to go along with his 38% (14 of 37) in AA. With Cameron gone, and Navarro able to play both OF and IF positions, maybe it wouldn't be a terrible idea to carry three catchers.  
    Posted by slomag[/QUOTE]

    We won't be able to keep a hitter like Lavarnway in the minors very long.  Some young players go up and down in the minors Ryan is a pure hitter with a great eye and arm.  He just needs more catching experience, especially in the bigs.  He could also end up our new DH at some point.
     
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    Re: Catching up with Saltalamacchia and Varitek

    Go with Salty and Lavarnway. Give Varitek a cougar discount.
     
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    Re: Catching up with Saltalamacchia and Varitek

    right corpse, cause Tek has done so terrible this year..Your the only tool on here that whines like a girl about a bu catcher..running out of players to trash are we? Thats cause 90% of your thoughts.predictions are garbage..
     
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    Re: Catching up with Saltalamacchia and Varitek

    I think sometimes we place too much weight on the CS% as the end all be all of evaluating a catchers ability to help control the oppositions running game. Teams as a rule don't steal on the catcher, they steal on the pitcher/catcher combination...it's all about time to second base...The pitcher's ability to hold the runners is imprtant but more so is thier time to home, anything over 1.3 seconds places the emphasis on the catcher to be sub 1.8, which ain't easy unless your an athlete with quick twitch muscles (Yadier Molina). Arm strength is a factor, but athletisism plays a very key role. Especially on teams where there's more emphasis on going after the hitter than using the slide step.

    That said, Varitek has always struggled with his mechanics and his time to second, even as a spry young gun, was never sub 1.8, as he's gotten older, his time to second hasn't exactly gotten better...Salty who's built similar to Varitek and also is not quick to release the ball will never be a guy teams "don't run on" and it'll be incumbent of the pitchers to help keep the baserunners honest... 
     

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