Re: Saltalamacchia Tracker...
posted at 5/4/2014 12:20 AM EDT
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
Oh, and yes, he's 29...
A 29 year old, switch hitting, 6'4" 235 lbs catching LINEBACKER! Some players are blessed with physical tools you simply can't find anywhere besides genetics. He was absolutely, without question trending in the correct direction at the PERFECT age.
Anyone have a Salty Sox jersey/shirt they want to get rid of at a discounted price?
Maybe in ANOTHER ten years, people will reform their expectations of catchers in the post-PED era. When I called him a Top 10 catcher early last year, may have even been 2012 I can't exactly remember, a lot of people argued strongly against that. I think that argument has been firmly decided.
I remember a can't miss prospect at 1B, he was going to be the future, or the key to the Adrian Gonzalez trade. Anthony Rizzo? No, he rose later...Lars Anderson. You dno't get rid of a KNOWN commodity when the replacement isn't even ML ready, and may never be. Ryan Westemoreland anyone? You NEVER KNOW what will happen to a prospect, I'm really tired of hearing that Vazquez and Swihart are THE REASON the Sox let Salty walk. I'm with Moon, had the WS played out differently, he's very likely still here. They dropped 14mil on Drew a year ago, and were willing to again...they would have qualified him. It makes 0 sense to me otherwise.
After being stiffed in the World Series, I doubt Salty wanted to play here.
The Sox obviously did not want him to play here. As much as I wish things turned out differently, I can understand the team deciding not to offer a QO or significant deal to a guy the benched in favor of David Ross.
From 2012 to 2014, only 24 catchers have 700 or more PAs in MLB. Salty places....
8th in WAR at +6.9
24th in OBP at .324
5th in SLG% at .473
7th in OPS at .796
4th in HRs at 45
11th in RBIs at 134 (more RBI/PA than Mauer)
Some posters have bashed Salty for allowing too many balls to get behind him on defense. Well, look here:
Salty is 8th in MLB in innings caught since 2012 (2069.1), but look at the catchers with worse WP+PB/Innings:
Salty 80 PB+WP / 2069
AJ Pierz 127/2263
R Martin 112/2240
AJ Ellis 101/2185
(Only 3 catchers have more innings and a better WP+PB/Inn ratio than Salty: Wieters, Y Molina & Posey.)
Others that are worse (with less innings)...
S Perez 96/2002
A Avila 90/1916
J Castro 96/1654
J Molina 80/1567
W Castillo 67/1562
G Soto 54/1238
J Thole 59/1152
Y Gomes 49/967
W Ramos 41/890
R Doumit 45/884
J Jaso 50/843
Others that are better (with less innings)....
J Buck 62/1881
C Ruiz 54/1795
J Mauer 42/1287
B Pena 38/1050
So, out of 42 MLB catchers with more than 840 innings behind the plate, only 11 catchers had a better ration than Salty. 30 had worse.
Salty stinks at throwing. He strikes out a lot. I'll take the K rate along with his 25.3 LD% (4th best among MLB catchers with 750 PAs since 2012).
Yeah, I wish he could throw better, but CS rates are way over-rated.