In response to S5's comment:
Moon, You're a numbers guy and it's not my intention to minimize what you do here. You probably bring more to the board in terms of stats than anyone else, and I ususally agree with your assessments.
In this case I think you're looking at one side of the coin. The offensive side. I'm not a numbers guru for a variety of reasons but my eyes tell me that in spite of the fact that he's better than average - not exactly a ringing endorsement but something we can live with - offensively my eyes tell me that his defense struggles.
Is it my imagination, or does he have A LOT of PB's? And when was the last time you saw him make an accurate throw to 2nd base? Calling a game is subjective. We don't know what goes on between the catcher and the pitcher and we don't know how many times the pitcher misses the spot the catcher designates so I stay out of things like that.
I'm "old school" and believe in defense Up The Middle. Defensively the Sox have an average-to-better SS, a better than average 2B and a better than average CF (the arm not withstanding). The glaring deficiency is that defensively the Sox appear to have a worse-than-average catcher.
Or - is he still living in the shadow of Jason Veritek so nothing he does is going to be good enough?
I have contended that Salty is about average on defense, including the handling of the staff. His PB rate is high this year, but last year it was below the norm, so I'm cutting him a little slack there.
Stats on catching are not very good indicators, and most fans look at errors and CS%. I listed out the PB+WP per innings caught for 2012 9somewhere in these pages) and it showed Salty was a top 5 catcher in this area. Someone else posted that Salty has been rated very highly in framing pitches, but I can not confirm this data. All in all, I think salty is not as bad as many here thinks he is on defense.
He's doing better with the staff than 2011 and the start of 2012, but he still needs further growth. The fact that he is improving gives me hope that he will continue growth.