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Portrait of J.R. Towles

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .220 6 27 25 3 .247 0.8
Birth Date2-11-1984
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age30 years, 8 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.12010
-0.12011
2012
2013
0.82014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 HOU 23 14 44 40 9 15 5 0 1 23 3 1 1 0 0 12 0 1 .375 .432 .575 .342 7.9 -0.2 0.8
2008 HOU 24 54 171 146 10 20 5 0 4 37 16 40 6 0 3 16 0 0 .137 .250 .253 .194 -4.0 0.1 -0.4
2009 HOU 25 16 53 48 7 9 2 0 2 17 3 16 1 0 1 3 0 0 .188 .250 .354 .216 -0.4 0.2 -0.0
2010 HOU 26 17 51 47 3 9 3 0 1 15 2 12 1 1 0 8 0 0 .191 .235 .319 .194 -1.0 -0.2 -0.1
2011 HOU 27 54 165 147 11 27 7 0 3 43 13 26 2 2 1 11 0 0 .184 .256 .293 .225 -2.0 0.9 -0.1
Career155484428408022011135379511355001.187.267.315.2200.50.80.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 GRV Rk 39 136 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .303 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LEX A 45 193 .320 .255 .337 .388 .262 .383 109 11.8 5.4 1.8 -0.3 2.8 21.5 2.1 21.5 2.1
2006 LEX A 81 321 .305 .258 .328 .379 .263 .339 98 11.6 7.1 2.6 -0.4 -1.6 21.5 2.2 21.5 2.2
2007 HOU MLB 14 44 .342 .295 .360 .470 .278 .368 103 4 1.3 0.8 -0.2 0.8 7.9 0.8 7.9 0.8
2007 SLM A+ 26 115 .236 .261 .335 .391 .256 .240 100 -2.9 3.3 2 0.8 0.9 5.1 0.6 5.1 0.6
2007 CCH AA 61 257 .332 .262 .334 .408 .259 .341 103 19.1 7.1 2.3 -0.3 2.1 29.9 3.0 29.9 3.0
2007 ROU AAA 13 50 .266 .268 .335 .421 .251 .316 102 0.3 1.5 0.9 -0.3 -0.9 1.7 0.1 1.7 0.1
2008 HOU MLB 54 171 .194 .260 .330 .409 .261 .157 99 -12.2 4.9 3 0.1 -0.5 -4.0 -0.4 -4.0 -0.4
2008 ROU AAA 48 192 .281 .274 .347 .442 .262 .331 101 4.4 5.8 3.5 -0.0 1.5 15.2 1.5 15.2 1.5
2009 HOU MLB 16 53 .216 .268 .330 .430 .264 .233 96 -2.5 1.5 0.9 0.2 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2009 ROU AAA 56 178 .326 .266 .332 .404 .269 .310 87 12.4 5.0 2.5 0.2 0.5 21.5 2.1 21.5 2.1
2010 HOU MLB 17 51 .194 .259 .327 .391 .269 .229 91 -3.4 1.4 0.8 -0.2 -0.0 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2010 CCH AA 5 20 .216 .258 .346 .362 .262 .200 97 -0.9 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.7 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2011 HOU MLB 54 165 .225 .260 .324 .412 .267 .200 101 -5.7 4.4 2.6 0.9 0.1 -2.0 -0.1 -2.0 -0.1
2011 OKL AAA 35 136 .289 .294 .359 .454 .267 .283 102 4.6 4.2 2.5 -0.3 0.5 12.7 1.2 12.7 1.2
2012 ROC AAA 52 189 .227 .257 .325 .385 .251 .263 94 -7 5.6 2.3 0.3 -0.5 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2013 ABQ AAA 4 17 .290 .269 .347 .406 .275 .182 104 0.5 0.5 0.3 -0.1 0.0 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2013 MEM AAA 19 71 .328 .276 .348 .433 .281 .205 86 5.2 2.0 0.9 0.5 0.5 7.7 0.8 7.7 0.8
2014 ROU AAA 6 22 .233 .287 .354 .437 .275 .250 103 -0.7 0.7 -0.4 0.0 -0.2 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 GRV Rk 136 17 27 6 0 0 8 12 23 4 3 .243 .370 .297 .054 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LEX A 193 35 56 14 2 5 23 16 29 11 7 .346 .425 .549 .204 .320 21.5 -0.3 2.1
2006 LEX A 321 39 90 19 2 12 55 21 46 13 5 .317 .379 .525 .208 .305 21.5 -0.4 2.2
2007 SLM A+ 115 14 18 3 2 0 11 12 15 3 5 .200 .351 .278 .078 .236 5.1 0.8 0.6
2007 CCH AA 257 47 70 12 2 11 49 23 35 9 4 .324 .420 .551 .227 .332 29.9 -0.3 3.0
2007 HOU MLB 44 9 15 5 0 1 12 3 1 0 1 .375 .432 .575 .200 .342 7.9 -0.2 0.8
2007 ROU AAA 50 5 12 0 0 0 2 4 7 2 4 .279 .340 .279 .000 .266 1.7 -0.3 0.1
2008 HOU MLB 171 10 20 5 0 4 16 16 40 0 0 .137 .250 .253 .116 .194 -4.0 0.1 -0.4
2008 ROU AAA 192 28 51 8 2 7 28 13 31 4 3 .304 .368 .500 .196 .281 15.2 -0.0 1.5
2009 HOU MLB 53 7 9 2 0 2 3 3 16 0 0 .188 .250 .354 .167 .216 -0.4 0.2 -0.0
2009 ROU AAA 178 23 40 12 1 4 22 22 27 3 0 .276 .389 .455 .179 .326 21.5 0.2 2.1
2010 CCH AA 20 3 2 1 0 0 3 4 4 2 0 .143 .400 .214 .071 .216 0.7 0.0 0.1
2010 HOU MLB 51 3 9 3 0 1 8 2 12 0 0 .191 .235 .319 .128 .194 -1.0 -0.2 -0.1
2011 HOU MLB 165 11 27 7 0 3 11 13 26 0 0 .184 .256 .293 .109 .225 -2.0 0.9 -0.1
2011 OKL AAA 136 19 29 4 0 3 11 18 11 3 0 .276 .430 .400 .124 .289 12.7 -0.3 1.2
2012 ROC AAA 189 24 36 14 0 1 10 12 36 2 4 .214 .280 .315 .101 .227 1.1 0.3 0.1
2013 ABQ AAA 17 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 3 1 0 .200 .200 .400 .200 .290 1.8 -0.1 0.2
2013 MEM AAA 71 15 14 3 1 5 14 8 10 0 0 .237 .366 .576 .339 .328 7.7 0.5 0.8
2014 ROU AAA 22 1 3 3 0 0 4 5 5 0 0 .176 .364 .353 .176 .233 -0.9 0.0 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 628 0.5525 0.4777 0.7467 0.6455 0.2705 0.7991 0.5921 0.2500
2009 224 0.5357 0.4420 0.8182 0.6000 0.2596 0.9306 0.5185 0.1818
2010 192 0.5833 0.4688 0.7778 0.5982 0.2875 0.8358 0.6087 0.2222
2011 649 0.5162 0.4438 0.8194 0.5731 0.3057 0.8854 0.6875 0.1806
Career16930.53990.4590.78760.60640.28450.85370.62080.2112

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-04-22 2013-04-29 Minors 7 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2011-06-26 2011-06-30 DTD 4 3 Face Laceration Chin Ball Bounced Off Dirt -
2011-06-16 2011-06-22 DTD 6 6 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-06-15 2011-06-15 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Contusion Foul Ball -
2011-04-14 2011-04-19 DTD 5 4 Left Ankle Sprain -
2011-03-25 2011-03-30 Camp 5 0 Low Back Soreness -
2010-05-14 2010-09-07 Minors 116 0 Thumb Surgery UCL and Tendon Repair 2010-07-26
2010-03-27 2010-04-01 Camp 5 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-07-26 2009-08-23 Minors 28 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-06-30 2009-07-12 Minors 12 0 Face Fracture Nose -
2008-04-14 2008-04-17 DTD 3 2 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2008-03-09 2008-03-25 Camp 16 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-08-17 2007-08-24 Minors 7 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 SLN $
2012 MIN $
2011 HOU $424,000
2010 HOU $406,500
2008 HOU $390,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,220,500
3 yrTotal$1,220,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 2 dBurton Rocks1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Texas as a free agent 8/25/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 12/18/12 (minor-league contract). Released by St. Louis 5/28/13. Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 5/30/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 12/15/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.424M (2011). Re-signed by Houston 1/11. Sent outright to Triple-A by Houston 10/13/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4065M (2010). Re-signed by Houston 1/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4015M (2009). Re-signed by Houston 2/20/09.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Re-signed by Houston 2/22/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Houston 9/4/07.
  • Drafted by Houston 2004 (20-604) (North Central Texas JC). Signed 6/16/04 (draft and follow).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 517 62 117 27 1 14 59 47 95 6 3 .260 .343 .421 .288 27.6 C 1, LF 0 3.1
80o 494 56 106 24 1 13 54 43 93 5 3 .245 .325 .397 .273 19.4 C 1, LF 0 2.2
70o 477 53 99 23 1 12 50 40 92 5 2 .235 .313 .379 .262 13.9 C 1, LF 0 1.6
60o 463 49 92 21 1 11 47 37 91 5 2 .226 .302 .365 .253 9.5 C 1, LF 0 1.1
50o 450 47 87 20 1 11 45 35 89 4 2 .217 .292 .351 .245 5.6 C 1, LF 0 0.7
40o 437 44 82 19 1 10 42 33 88 4 2 .209 .282 .337 .236 1.9 C 1, LF 0 0.3
30o 423 41 74 17 0 9 40 31 87 4 2 .200 .271 .323 .227 -1.9 C 1, LF 0 -0.1
20o 406 38 69 16 0 9 37 28 85 4 2 .190 .258 .306 .217 -5.9 C 1, LF 0 -0.5
10o 383 33 61 14 0 8 33 25 82 3 1 .176 .241 .284 .202 -11.0 C 1, LF 0 -1.1
Weighted Mean45748902111146369052.221.297.358.2497.5C 1, LF 00.9

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
4% 14% 7% 19% 44%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201531250264510052317502.203.275.319.224-0.6-5.9-0.51.114.9-21.40.6
201632309325311062723642.192.269.298.219-0.9-9.3-0.81.214.9-24.60.7
201733614631042201255471244.193.273.302.220-0.8-8.3-1.62.214.9-23.91.4
201834608601012011152431242.186.261.288.209-1.5-14.7-1.62.114.9-30.21.4
201935599601002001050481291.191.272.285.215-1.1-11.9-1.81.914.9-26.91.4
20203661460982111152441340.180.256.285.207-1.6-16.3-1.51.714.9-31.51.4
2021375775597201948381250.187.256.283.206-1.8-17.6-1.61.514.9-32.41.3
20223862559992011050441370.177.251.269.200-2.1-21.0-1.81.414.9-35.51.4
202339638621042011153451380.183.256.281.205-1.8-18.0-1.71.314.9-32.51.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
35.22.12.21.21.113.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 91 Guillermo Rodriguez 2008 .000 DNP
2 89 Jose Morales 2013 .000 DNP
3 87 Steve Holm 2010 .000 DNP
4 85 Mike Nickeas 2013 .000 DNP
5 84 Bobby Wilson 2013 .000 DNP
6 84 JD Closser 2010 .000 DNP
7 82 Chris Gimenez 2013 .334
8 81 Chris Stewart 2012 .238
9 81 Rob Johnson 2013 .209
10 79 Jason Jaramillo 2013 .000 DNP
11 79 Luke Carlin 2011 .000 DNP
12 79 A.J. Ellis 2011 .290
13 79 Alex Escobar 2009 .000 DNP
14 79 Koyie Hill 2009 .227
15 78 Brian Buscher 2011 .000 DNP
16 78 Carlos Maldonado 2009 .000 DNP
17 78 Ryan Hanigan 2011 .273
18 78 Mike Edwards 2007 .000 DNP
19 77 Jeff Salazar 2011 .000 DNP
20 77 Cody Clark 2012 .000 DNP
21 77 J.R. House 2010 .000 DNP
22 77 Omir Santos 2011 .195
23 77 Matt Watson 2009 .000 DNP
24 77 Eric Patterson 2013 .000 DNP
25 76 Eric Bruntlett 2008 .213
26 76 Jason Ellison 2008 .200
27 76 Joe Thurston 2010 .000 DNP
28 76 Dusty Brown 2012 .000 DNP
29 76 Russ Adams 2011 .000 DNP
30 76 Daniel Nava 2013 .309
31 76 Luis Rivas 2010 .000 DNP
32 76 Robby Hammock 2007 .208
33 75 Kevin Howard 2011 .000 DNP
34 75 Hector Luna 2010 .190
35 75 Drew Sutton 2013 .000 DNP
36 75 Brayan Pena 2012 .207
37 75 Andy Gonzalez 2012 .000 DNP
38 75 Barbaro Canizares 2010 .000 DNP
39 75 Joe Inglett 2008 .278
40 75 Royce Huffman 2007 .000 DNP
41 75 Brad Davis 2013 .000 DNP
42 75 Bubba Crosby 2007 .000 DNP
43 75 Chris Denorfia 2011 .263
44 75 Jeremy Reed 2011 .012
45 75 Sam Fuld 2012 .237
46 75 Mike Rivera 2007 .296
47 75 Joe Mather 2013 .000 DNP
48 74 Vinny Rottino 2010 .000 DNP
49 74 Carlos Ruiz 2009 .269
50 74 Mike Rose 2007 .000 DNP
51 74 Kevin Reese 2008 .000 DNP
52 74 Steve Pearce 2013 .301
53 74 Matt Pagnozzi 2013 .134
54 74 Tyler LaTorre 2013 .000 DNP
55 74 John Baker 2011 .173
56 74 Kevin Frandsen 2012 .293
57 74 Adam Rosales 2013 .230
58 74 Omar Quintanilla 2012 .244
59 74 Esteban German 2008 .227
60 74 Jeff Fiorentino 2013 .000 DNP
61 74 Jason Repko 2011 .204
62 73 Blake Lalli 2013 .082
63 73 Andy Phillips 2007 .256
64 73 Max St. Pierre 2010 .190
65 73 Ryan Roberts 2011 .283
66 73 Craig Stansberry 2012 .000 DNP
67 73 Jose Yepez 2011 .000 DNP
68 73 Michel Hernandez 2009 .201
69 73 Humberto Quintero 2010 .207
70 73 John Gall 2008 .000 DNP
71 73 Josh Bard 2008 .200
72 73 Ryan Jorgensen 2009 .000 DNP
73 73 Mike McCoy 2011 .221
74 73 Mike Colangelo 2007 .000 DNP
75 73 Ron Calloway 2007 .000 DNP
76 73 Jason Phillips 2007 .193
77 73 Paul Phillips 2007 .186
78 73 Tommy Watkins 2010 .000 DNP
79 73 Michael Aubrey 2012 .000 DNP
80 73 Eugenio Velez 2012 .000 DNP
81 72 Ruben Gotay 2013 .000 DNP
82 72 Lou Montanez 2012 .000 DNP
83 72 Will Rhymes 2013 .000 DNP
84 72 Buck Coats 2012 .000 DNP
85 72 Dee Brown 2008 .000 DNP
86 72 Clint Sammons 2013 .000 DNP
87 72 Abraham Nunez 2007 .000 DNP
88 72 Wil Nieves 2008 .235
89 72 Mitch Maier 2012 .214
90 72 Neil Sellers 2012 .000 DNP
91 72 George Kottaras 2013 .265
92 72 Eric Riggs 2007 .000 DNP
93 72 Erick Almonte 2008 .000 DNP
94 72 Reggie Willits 2011 .142
95 71 Noah Hall 2007 .000 DNP
96 71 Jason Bourgeois 2012 .244
97 71 Devin Ivany 2013 .000 DNP
98 71 Kevin Melillo 2012 .000 DNP
99 71 Jay Caligiuri 2010 .000 DNP
100 71 Brett Carroll 2013 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Former Astros catcher of the future J.R. Towles, owner of a 583 big-league OPS, had his worst minor-league numbers with the Twins's Triple-A team in Rochester last year.
2012 Any time now, the Astros could throw in the Towles in a trade. He'd decimated his prospect stock before the 2011 season, but the Castro injury gave him a golden second opportunity to prove that all those .300 TAv seasons he had in the minors weren't flukes. Instead, after a strong April that just started to whet the appetites of catching-starved Astros fans, the only .300 he was chasing was OPS, as he posted a .352 from May 6 until he was demoted on July 6 (102 plate appearances). While the holes in his swing account for some of his ineptitude, he also loses confidence in the majors and aids in his own demise. When he's aggressive and confident, he shows plenty of offensive skill that can combine with his average defense to produce a decent backup catcher. But with as many chances as Houston has given him, it may require a change of scenery for that to happen.
2011 It seems like Towles has been the Astros' catcher of the future since Alan Ashby was the regular behind the plate. It also seems like the future has passed him by, now that Jason Castro has laid a claim (however precarious) to the starting job. Whether 319 plate appearances stretched over the last four seasons constituted a fair opportunity for Towles is open to debate. What isn't debatable, though, is that the catcher has done nothing offensively in his various major-league auditions, producing -0.7 WARP and a .216 TAv. He wound up all the way back at Double-A in 2010 before undergoing surgery in July to repair torn tendons in his thumb.
2010 Towles is a fun player to have around. Not for Houston, which has lost a win or two just by putting in him in the lineup, but for the statheads. He’s a puzzle, and a genuinely interesting one. His career BABIP in the majors is now .218; in the minors, it's .336. Eventually, one would think, something's gotta give. Had his BABIP with the Astros been even .280 (still well below league average), with all of the extra hits being singles, his career line would be .233/.317/.376—still not great, but manageable enough that Towles would almost certainly be heading into camp as the team's starting catcher. He needs to manage the strike zone better, but perhaps more importantly he needs to simply hit the ball with more authority—the average hitter smacks a line drive about 19 percent of the time, and those drives form the bulk of his hits. In his brief caeer, Towles' line-drive percentage is only 13 percent. His minor-league production suggests an offensive skill set far better than that of most catchers. Given that and the Astros' options, he's worth another shot.
2009 Towles' failure at the major league level was historic: there hasn't been a player with more plate appearances and a lower BABIP (.157!) since 1955. On the plus side, he did resume hitting when he went to the minors; minus, he stopped again as soon as he was brought back up. The Astros got caught up in his hot Texas League performance of '07, and tried to jump him from the Sally League to the majors in only a year; give him some time.
2008 Before getting too crazy about Towles' season, remember that he was getting owned by the Carolina League in May when a suspension opened up a job at Double-A Corpus Christi. He tore up the Texas League and eventually made it all the way to Houston for a few weeks. Towles' buzz is the result of spending his age-21 and -22 seasons in the Sally League and two good months in Double-A. As much as the Astros need to replace Ausmus, they also need to be realistic about their in-house alternatives.
2007 Towles has had an injury-plagued career so far--a broken finger here, a sore knee there. None of the injuries have been serious, but they`ve limited him to 165 games since being drafted in 2004. That`s a shame, because when Towles is healthy, he`s pretty damn good, with a career average of .311, 60 extra-base hits and very good defensive skills to boot. The only issue is that he turns 23 before spring training and has yet to get out of A-ball. He`s an unproven commodity to be sure, but an interesting one.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Rangers really screw up by not trading one of Salty, Ramirez and Teagarden when their values were all high?
(rwinter from Boston)
In the sense that they didn’t trade prospects who flopped, sure. You could say that about every team and every prospect who flopped. Did the Angels err in not trading Brandon Wood when he was a top-10 prospect? In retrospect, of course, but there was no way of knowing that.

The fact that all three of those players flopped in their own ways supports the decision to keep all of them, though, instead of treating them as depth. Catchers have a brutal attrition rate. Baseball America’s top 100 in 2000 included six catchers: Eric Munson, Ben Petrick, Matt LeCroy, Jayson Werth (Orioles), Steve Lomasney, Ryan Christianson. In 2001: Joe Lawrence, Dane Sardinha, Brandon Inge, J.R. House. In 2002: Mauer, Josh Phelps, House, John Buck, Werth (Blue Jays), Victor Martinez. In 2003: Mauer, Martinez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Huber, Buck.

In 2007, when the Rangers had to make this decision, Kevin Goldstein ranked the catchers in the minors. He named 17 players. These are the 17:

Jeff Clement
Bryan Anderson
J.R. Towles
Teagarden
Hank Conger
John Jaso
Ramirez
Nick Hundley
Tony Recker
Jesus Montero
Brett Hayes
Francisco Hernandez
Lou Palmisano
Landon Powell
Shawn Riggans
Jamie Skelton
Brian Jeroloman

Out of those 17, there are basically one and a half every day catchers, maaaaaaybe another one in Hank Conger, and a DH. We thought the Rangers had three catchers, plus Gerald Laird. In fact, they had Gerald Laird.

Also:
2007 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “When Teagarden is behind the dish, he’s one of the top defensive catchers around. If he can stay there, he’s Mickey Tettleton with defensive chops.”
2008 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “If you want to get really dreamy and optimistic, think Mickey Tettleton with Gold Glove-level skills, and you get the picture.”

This is why comps are the best/worst. (Sam Miller)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 3439 -17 -5.8 -11.8 1842 6.9 2.1 7.9 -3.7 -3.9
2009 1043 2 -0.1 -0.5 614 1.4 0.4 4.8 0.3 4.3
2010 1032 13 1.3 9.2 617 1.4 0.4 4.6 1.8 13.8
2011 3312 -2 0.8 1.8 1834 5.3 1.6 6.0 2.4 7.8
total 8826 0 -3.0 -2.4 4907 11.8 3.5 5.0 0.5 2.6

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