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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .228 7 24 27 1 .231 0.6
Birth Date2-13-1984
Height6' 0"
Weight215 lbs
Age30 years, 8 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.02010
0.82011
-0.42012
0.22013
0.02014
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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
2009 FLO 25 14 12 11 5 3 1 0 1 7 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 .273 .333 .636 .325 1.4 -0.0 0.1
2010 FLO 26 26 83 77 6 16 6 1 2 30 6 26 0 0 0 6 0 0 .208 .265 .390 .226 0.0 0.4 0.0
2011 FLO 27 64 144 130 19 30 9 0 5 54 11 39 0 0 3 16 0 0 .231 .291 .415 .263 6.5 0.8 0.8
2012 MIA 28 39 118 114 7 23 6 0 0 29 4 49 0 0 0 3 1 0 .202 .229 .254 .169 -5.3 1.4 -0.4
2013 KCA 29 5 18 18 2 5 3 0 1 11 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 .278 .278 .611 .313 1.5 -0.0 0.2
2014 KCA 30 27 53 52 3 7 1 0 1 11 1 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 .135 .151 .212 .129 -5.0 -0.4 -0.6
Career175428402428426110142221331033110.209.252.353.217-0.82.20.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 JAM A- 36 131 .265 .257 .334 .360 .259 .284 112 0.6 3.4 1.9 -1.2 -1.3 4.9 0.4 4.9 0.4
2006 GRB A 82 316 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 JUP A+ 17 75 .305 .268 .337 .399 .259 .389 101 3.9 2.3 1.2 0.2 0.2 9.1 0.9 9.1 0.9
2007 CAR AA 74 295 .219 .258 .336 .397 .266 .276 97 -13.2 8.7 5.1 0.2 0.5 -6.7 -0.7 -6.7 -0.7
2008 CAR AA 54 194 .222 .268 .348 .405 .258 .271 107 -8 5.6 3 -0.1 -0.9 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2008 ABQ AAA 37 126 .226 .271 .340 .439 .258 .322 121 -4.7 3.8 2.3 0.0 1.2 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2009 FLO MLB 14 12 .325 .277 .351 .491 .287 .333 97 0.8 0.3 0 -0.0 0.4 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2009 NWO AAA 90 353 .224 .268 .339 .402 .275 .286 86 -13.8 10.3 6.1 -0.7 0.9 5.1 0.4 5.1 0.4
2010 FLO MLB 26 83 .226 .259 .325 .401 .270 .286 92 -2.9 2.3 1.4 0.4 -0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 JUP A+ 7 27 .345 .260 .330 .383 .285 .214 82 2.5 0.8 0.2 0.1 0.2 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2010 NWO AAA 16 63 .208 .284 .346 .457 .268 .245 99 -3.7 1.9 1.2 0.4 0.8 -0.6 -0.0 -0.6 -0.0
2011 FLO MLB 64 144 .263 .250 .316 .386 .259 .291 95 0.4 3.9 2.1 0.8 -0.5 6.5 0.8 6.5 0.8
2012 MIA MLB 39 118 .169 .248 .309 .393 .254 .354 94 -10.6 3.2 1.9 1.4 -0.0 -5.3 -0.4 -5.3 -0.4
2012 NWO AAA 16 63 .320 .265 .330 .405 .257 .419 101 4.2 1.9 1.1 0.0 0.0 5.7 0.6 5.7 0.6
2013 KCA MLB 5 18 .313 .261 .328 .407 .272 .286 101 0.9 0.5 0.3 -0.0 0.1 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2013 OMA AAA 78 298 .273 .264 .335 .406 .267 .239 92 4.2 8.6 5.1 0.3 -1.1 14.5 1.5 14.5 1.5
2014 KCA MLB 27 53 .129 .251 .312 .380 .256 .154 101 -6.5 1.4 0.8 -0.4 -0.6 -5.0 -0.6 -5.0 -0.6
2014 OMA AAA 10 44 .294 .285 .358 .454 .279 .400 103 1.7 1.3 0.8 -0.2 0.1 2.6 0.2 2.6 0.2

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
2005 JAM A- 131 11 28 6 1 1 12 12 21 3 3 .239 .315 .333 .094 .265 4.9 -1.2 0.4
2006 GRB A 316 39 68 13 1 9 38 29 61 4 3 .245 .324 .396 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 CAR AA 295 22 64 16 0 3 31 18 51 2 0 .234 .280 .326 .092 .219 -6.7 0.2 -0.7
2007 JUP A+ 75 10 22 3 1 1 11 9 10 2 3 .338 .419 .462 .123 .305 9.1 0.2 0.9
2008 CAR AA 194 19 42 8 0 6 18 10 43 1 4 .232 .275 .376 .144 .222 1.5 -0.1 0.1
2008 ABQ AAA 126 21 34 3 1 5 17 4 23 1 1 .293 .328 .466 .172 .226 2.5 0.0 0.2
2009 FLO MLB 12 5 3 1 0 1 2 0 4 0 0 .273 .333 .636 .364 .325 1.4 -0.0 0.1
2009 NWO AAA 353 27 77 15 0 4 37 20 66 2 0 .240 .283 .324 .084 .224 5.1 -0.7 0.4
2010 NWO AAA 63 7 13 3 0 1 5 2 9 0 0 .220 .258 .322 .102 .208 -0.6 0.4 -0.0
2010 JUP A+ 27 6 5 1 0 2 7 4 7 0 0 .217 .333 .522 .304 .345 3.6 0.1 0.4
2010 FLO MLB 83 6 16 6 1 2 6 6 26 0 0 .208 .265 .390 .182 .226 0.0 0.4 0.0
2011 FLO MLB 144 19 30 9 0 5 16 11 39 0 0 .231 .291 .415 .185 .263 6.5 0.8 0.8
2012 MIA MLB 118 7 23 6 0 0 3 4 49 1 0 .202 .229 .254 .053 .169 -5.3 1.4 -0.4
2012 NWO AAA 63 9 21 4 0 3 8 3 13 0 0 .356 .397 .576 .220 .320 5.7 0.0 0.6
2013 OMA AAA 298 39 64 15 1 17 44 17 64 2 0 .233 .279 .480 .247 .273 14.5 0.3 1.5
2013 KCA MLB 18 2 5 3 0 1 2 0 3 0 0 .278 .278 .611 .333 .313 1.5 -0.0 0.2
2014 OMA AAA 44 8 13 3 0 3 8 2 14 1 0 .310 .341 .595 .286 .294 2.6 -0.2 0.2
2014 KCA MLB 53 3 7 1 0 1 2 1 12 0 0 .135 .151 .212 .077 .129 -5.0 -0.4 -0.6

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
2009 34 0.5882 0.5882 0.6000 0.5000 0.7143 0.9000 0.3000 0.4000
2010 300 0.5333 0.4966 0.6824 0.5688 0.4071 0.7912 0.5088 0.3176
2011 570 0.4842 0.4702 0.7575 0.5435 0.4014 0.8733 0.6102 0.2425
2012 444 0.5293 0.5079 0.7098 0.5872 0.4115 0.8333 0.5116 0.2857
2013 63 0.5714 0.6032 0.7895 0.7222 0.4444 0.9231 0.5000 0.2105
2014 157 0.6306 0.6051 0.7474 0.6364 0.5517 0.8254 0.5938 0.2421
Career15680.52680.50730.72650.57630.42890.8440.55010.2712

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-09-01 2010-10-04 DTD 33 31 Right Shoulder Separation AC Joint -
2010-07-21 2010-08-05 15-DL 15 14 Left Wrist Contusion -
2007-04-06 2007-04-17 Minors 11 0 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2006-09-02 2006-09-05 Minors 3 0 Not Disclosed -
2006-04-06 2006-05-03 Minors 27 0 Left Wrist Recovery From Fracture -
2006-03-02 2006-04-06 Camp 35 3 Left Wrist Fracture -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 KCA $630,000
2013 KCA $600,000
2012 MIA $480,000
2011 FLO $415,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,495,000
2011Current$630,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$2,125,000
4 yrTotal$2,125,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 17 dTWC Sports1 year/$0.63M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.63M (2014). Re-signed by Kansas City 1/10/14 (avoided arbitration). May earn additional $20,000 in performance bonuses. DFA by Kansas City 7/28/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/4/14.
  • 1 year/$0.6M (2013). Signed by Kansas City 11/20/12 (avoided arbitration). Sent outright to Triple-A by Kansas City 3/29/13. Contract selected by Kansas City 8/4/13. DFA by Kansas City 8/11/13. Contract selected by Kansas City 9/1/13.
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2012). Re-signed by Miami 3/2/12. Claimed by Kansas City off waivers from Miami 11/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2011). Re-signed by Florida 3/1/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Florida 2/26/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Contract purchased by Florida 11/20/08.
  • Drafted by Florida 2005 (2s-79) (Nevada). Signed 6/05, $0.45M signing bonus.

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 313 35 78 17 1 10 41 18 74 1 0 .269 .313 .496 .270 11.9 C 1 1.4
80o 292 31 69 15 1 9 36 16 70 1 0 .255 .297 .466 .256 7.1 C 1 0.9
70o 276 28 63 14 1 8 33 15 68 1 0 .244 .285 .444 .246 4.1 C 1 0.6
60o 263 26 57 12 1 7 31 13 65 1 0 .235 .275 .425 .237 1.7 C 1 0.3
50o 250 24 53 11 1 7 28 12 63 1 0 .227 .266 .408 .229 -0.3 C 1 0.1
40o 237 22 48 11 0 6 26 11 61 1 0 .218 .257 .391 .221 -2.1 C 1 -0.1
30o 224 20 44 10 0 6 24 10 58 1 0 .210 .247 .373 .213 -3.8 C 1 -0.3
20o 208 18 38 8 0 5 21 9 55 1 0 .199 .235 .352 .202 -5.6 C 1 -0.5
10o 187 15 32 7 0 4 18 8 50 0 0 .185 .219 .324 .189 -7.5 C 1 -0.7
Weighted Mean2562556121729136410.231.270.416.2330.6C 10.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
8% 12% 8% 24% 38%

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
201531250255213052413611.222.265.340.2210.0-1.0-0.31.33.7-5.71.1
201632250244711052315660.205.256.316.210-0.8-8.6-0.31.29.5-19.11.1
2017333953971160837251050.198.251.312.210-1.3-13.6-0.61.814.9-29.81.7
201834627601192601459321700.203.245.319.205-1.4-15.9-0.92.714.9-32.72.7
201935251234811042211670.204.244.307.207-1.6-16.2-0.41.014.9-31.81.1
202036622571152511154321680.199.243.301.201-1.8-19.0-0.92.314.9-35.42.7
202137632571152511053331730.195.240.291.197-2.0-21.5-0.92.214.9-37.82.7
202238613551102311051331700.191.237.285.193-2.3-23.8-0.92.014.9-39.82.6
20233960955111241950341670.195.242.287.196-2.2-22.5-0.91.814.9-38.32.6

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
0.50.4out of baseball0.40.8out of baseball2.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 Mike Rivera 2007 .296
2 86 Eliezer Alfonzo 2009 .163
3 85 Robby Hammock 2007 .208
4 83 Eli Whiteside 2010 .262
5 82 Koyie Hill 2009 .227
6 82 Dee Brown 2008 .000 DNP
7 80 Guillermo Quiroz 2012 -.005
8 80 Chris Gimenez 2013 .334
9 80 Brad Davis 2013 .000 DNP
10 79 Dewayne Wise 2008 .244
11 79 Kevin Cash 2008 .220
12 78 Abraham Nunez 2007 .000 DNP
13 78 Humberto Quintero 2010 .207
14 78 Ryan Jorgensen 2009 .000 DNP
15 78 Rusty Ryal 2013 .000 DNP
16 78 Michael Ryan 2008 .000 DNP
17 78 Andy Phillips 2007 .256
18 78 Humberto Cota 2009 .000 DNP
19 77 Matt Cepicky 2008 .000 DNP
20 77 Jason Smith 2008 .196
21 77 Scott Thorman 2012 .000 DNP
22 77 Dusty Brown 2012 .000 DNP
23 76 Alexis Gomez 2009 .000 DNP
24 76 Bubba Crosby 2007 .000 DNP
25 76 Guillermo Rodriguez 2008 .000 DNP
26 76 Delwyn Young 2012 .000 DNP
27 75 Nick Green 2009 .234
28 75 Alex Escobar 2009 .000 DNP
29 75 Eric Patterson 2013 .000 DNP
30 75 Kevin Mahar 2011 .000 DNP
31 75 Joe Mather 2013 .000 DNP
32 74 Luke Carlin 2011 .000 DNP
33 74 Dayton Buller 2011 .000 DNP
34 74 Yamid Haad 2008 .000 DNP
35 74 Ron Calloway 2007 .000 DNP
36 74 John Suomi 2011 .000 DNP
37 74 Tim Pahuta 2013 .000 DNP
38 74 Bobby Wilson 2013 .000 DNP
39 74 Mark Saccomanno 2010 .000 DNP
40 74 Mike Rose 2007 .000 DNP
41 74 Omir Santos 2011 .195
42 74 Clint Sammons 2013 .000 DNP
43 74 Hector Luna 2010 .190
44 74 Erik Kratz 2010 .127
45 73 Juan Richardson 2009 .000 DNP
46 73 Matt Pagnozzi 2013 .134
47 73 Brett Carroll 2013 .000 DNP
48 73 Corey Smith 2012 .000 DNP
49 73 Laynce Nix 2011 .282
50 73 Cory Aldridge 2009 .000 DNP
51 73 Adam Fox 2012 .000 DNP
52 73 Shawn Garrett 2009 .000 DNP
53 73 Nick Stavinoha 2012 .000 DNP
54 73 Amaury Cazana 2009 .000 DNP
55 73 Mark Minicozzi 2013 .000 DNP
56 73 Eugenio Velez 2012 .000 DNP
57 73 Ben Davis 2007 .000 DNP
58 73 Gustavo Molina 2012 .000 DNP
59 73 Chris Aguila 2009 .000 DNP
60 73 Glenn Williams 2008 .000 DNP
61 72 Armando Camacaro 2009 .000 DNP
62 72 Devin Ivany 2013 .000 DNP
63 72 Todd Linden 2010 .000 DNP
64 72 Matt Macri 2012 .000 DNP
65 72 Jeff Howell 2013 .000 DNP
66 72 JD Closser 2010 .000 DNP
67 72 Freddie Bynum 2010 .000 DNP
68 72 Carlos Maldonado 2009 .000 DNP
69 72 Andres Torres 2008 .000 DNP
70 72 Hector Gimenez 2013 .254
71 72 Rob Johnson 2013 .209
72 72 Greg Dobbs 2009 .250
73 72 Jason Repko 2011 .204
74 72 Josh Fields 2013 .000 DNP
75 72 Ryan Shealy 2010 .030
76 72 Nick Gorneault 2009 .000 DNP
77 72 Chad Hermansen 2008 .000 DNP
78 72 Trent Oeltjen 2013 .000 DNP
79 71 Doug Deeds 2011 .000 DNP
80 71 Terry Evans 2012 .000 DNP
81 71 Matt Padgett 2008 .000 DNP
82 71 Cody Clark 2012 .000 DNP
83 71 Simon Pond 2007 .000 DNP
84 71 Kevin Richardson 2011 .000 DNP
85 71 Adam Rosales 2013 .230
86 71 Steve Torrealba 2008 .000 DNP
87 71 Marshall McDougall 2009 .000 DNP
88 71 Drew T Anderson 2011 .000 DNP
89 71 Ryan Budde 2010 .435
90 71 Mike Macfarlane 1994 .276
91 71 Tommy Manzella 2013 .000 DNP
92 71 Tyler LaTorre 2013 .000 DNP
93 71 Tim Raines 2010 .000 DNP
94 70 Nate Gold 2010 .000 DNP
95 70 Dan Dement 2008 .000 DNP
96 70 Ramon Castro 2010 .000 DNP
97 70 Randy Ruiz 2008 .268
98 70 Steve Holm 2010 .000 DNP
99 70 Bo Hart 2007 .000 DNP
100 70 Miles Durham 2013 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .160 .205 .339 .192
11 vs R (Multi) .247 .278 .377 .227
18 Split (Multi) .087 .073 .038 .035
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .125 .125 .500 .199
31 vs R (2013) .400 .400 .700 .373
38 Split (2013) .275 .275 .200 .174
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 A glove-first backup catcher, Hayes lost his job in Miami when the Marlins nabbed Rob Brantly. His biggest accomplishment of 2012 turned out to be spotting a gunman walking on the Florida Turnpike. Hayes is a decent blocker and an average thrower, having gunned down 26 percent of would-be base stealers. Those skills led the Royals to claim him on waivers in November.
2012 Hayes and John Buck combined to catch all but three innings of Marlins baseball in 2011, a stark contrast to the year before when six players made at least four appearances behind the dish. Like the majority of second-string backstops, Hayes earns his keep with defense, where he's thrown out 28 percent of runners attempting to steal for his career.
2011 The 79th overall selection in the 2005 draft, Hayes was taken with the compensation pick received for Mike Redmond's defection via free agency. His draft class yielded an awful crop of catchers: Jeff Clement went in the first round, and Nick Hundley, Taylor Teagarden, and Bryan Anderson were the other noteworthy early-round selections; the best of the lot will turn out to be the Mets' 13th-round selection of Josh Thole. Consider Hayes representative of his cadre; he will never hit well enough to replace Redmond, but he's a nimble receiver with an accurate arm, and he gets good marks for how he handles pitchers. That might be enough to get him sufficient service time to earn full-fledged membership in the Miami local of the International Brotherhood of Backup Backstops.
2010 The Marlins' second-round pick in 2005, Hayes has played in 393 minor league games and batted .249/.303/.367. That translates to 'horrifically bad' at the major-league level, but here he is, on the 40-man roster. Hayes is excellent defensively and has the kind of personality that one imagines will make him a manager in about ten years. Given these attributes and the normal shortage and/or uneven distribution of catchers—Wil Nieves and Koyie Hill got extensive playing time last year, after all—Hayes may be able to carve out a career for himself. He simply can't hit, however.
2009 A heady receiver who gets high marks for his arm strength (he gunned down 33 percent of opposing thieves between Double- and Triple-A), Hayes might end up getting a chance stick as Baker's caddy if his fielding turns heads in camp. His hitting is what used to be politely referred to as "aggressive," so it won't be his bat that gets him up and keeps him up.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
Playoff Prospectus: A Decade of Planning an Overnight SuccessMiles Wray2014-10-24
Overthinking It: June in Catcher FramingBen Lindbergh2014-07-02
Overthinking It: May in Catcher FramingBen Lindbergh2014-06-04
Framing the Future: Catcher Framing Projections for 2014Harry Pavlidis2014-03-31
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 17, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-17
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 12, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 5, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-05
Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for September 21Larry Granillo2011-09-22
Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for September 19Larry Granillo2011-09-20
BP Unfiltered: In-season PECOTA updatesColin Wyers2011-06-06
Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for June 5Larry Granillo2011-06-06
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Nyjer Morgan, EnigmaJohn Perrotto2011-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessBP Unfiltered: BP: LABR ChampionsClay Davenport2010-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Braves, Marlins, MetsChristina Kahrl2010-09-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Utterly McLouthless in the Pursuit of ExcellenceChristina Kahrl2010-07-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Grab BagChristina Kahrl2010-06-04
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and ShortstopMichael Jong2010-05-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Pad SquaddingChristina Kahrl2010-05-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Scrubbing Up for the WeekendChristina Kahrl2010-05-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Tough CutsChristina Kahrl2010-03-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: NL RoundupChristina Kahrl2009-09-10
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This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: High-A PreviewKevin Goldstein2007-04-08


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any reason Francisco Pena wouldn't be the Royals back-up catcher this year?
(hotstatrat from another world)
Brett Hayes exists? Not sure it matters much. Salvador Perez is going to catch a LOT of games. (Craig Goldstein)
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
2010 1736 -44 -5.6 -22.4 1022 -0.5 -0.1 -0.9 -5.7 -23.3
2011 2674 -66 -7.6 -19.9 1494 -1.0 -0.3 -1.3 -7.9 -21.3
2012 2567 -49 -4.3 -11.8 1534 1.0 0.3 1.2 -4.1 -10.6
2013 399 -13 -1.6 -28.1 235 -0.1 -0.0 -0.9 -1.6 -29.0
2014 1087 -30 -4.6 -29.6 596 -0.8 -0.2 -2.5 -4.8 -32.1
total 8463 -200 -23.4 -19.4 4881 -1.7 -0.5 -0.7 -23.9 -20.1

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