Re: Ryan Hanigan
posted at 11/30/2013 2:12 PM EST
In response to notin's comment:
Yeah, I guess 1000 is harder to reach than I imagined.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Gedman was not drafted: he was signed as an amateur FA in 1977.
Some catcher's we drafted since we obtained Gedman with (I think) 1000+ MLB games:
2001 Shoppach 2nd round
1996 Hillenbrand 10th round
1991 Hatteberg 1st round
1989 Wedge 3rd round
1988 John Flaherty
But on that list, only Flaherty caught 1,000 games in MLB.
None of the others even came close to 500. Hatteburg played more games at 1B. Wedge barely played, and Hillenbrand spent his entire career at 1B and 3B. Shoppach has less that 400 and counting, but won't get anywhere near 1,000.
1,000 games might be a lot, but as no one even came close to half of it save one long time backup catcher (who did pass it), my guess of Gedman might be more correct that I initially suspected. When the most durable catcher in the last 34 years from your farm is John Flaherty, his exception to my statement is more proof that disproof...
Shoppach had 547, but you are right, he won't get near 1,000.
I think Hatteberg's injury cut his catching numbers down, but he would not have reached 1000 either.
I think young catchers are hard to project, so the Sox have chosen to trade for their best ones.
I remember trading for a once top catching prospect named Kottaras (sp?), but he turned out to be more like a Lavarnway than a Varitek.
I think with Vazquez, Swihart, Denny and a lesser extent Lavarnway & Butler, we are at the highest point in catching prospect value in my lifetime.