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May 20, 2013

Prospectus Q&A

The College of Coaches on Catcher Framing

by Ben Lindbergh


While working on a feature on catcher framing for Grantland, I spoke to many catching instructors and coordinators about what makes a good receiver, what receiving skills are worth, and to what extent they can be improved. Many of their most interesting insights didn't make it into that story, so I've collected them here.

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Glenn Sherlock, Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen coach and catching instructor.

On what a good framer is worth: “It’s awful hard to say, to give you a number on that. But I just know that when you have a catcher like [Miguel] Montero, it’s difficult to take him out of the lineup because of the job he does with our pitching staff and how he catches the ball.”

On whether receiving can still be improved after a player makes the majors: “Absolutely. I think just because they get to the major leagues, obviously they’re good players, but there’s still a lot of development that takes place at the major-league level.”

On whether there’s been more emphasis on framing in recent years: “It seems like an area that is definitely being explored right now. It’s such a big part of the game, and such an important part of the game. So trying to get the most out of our pitching staff and keeping the ball in the strike zone, catching more strikes, would be huge.”

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