CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

World Series time! Enjoy Premium-level access to most features through the end of the Series!

Articles Tagged Catcher 

Search BP Articles

All Blogs (including podcasts)

Active Columns

Authors

Article Types

Archives

01-13

comment icon

13

State of the Position: Catchers
by
Bret Sayre

08-19

comment icon

0

The Call-Up: Travis d'Arnaud
by
Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-24

comment icon

7

Overthinking It: Yadier Molina's Maybe-Amazing Powers of Defensive Positioning
by
Ben Lindbergh

11-30

comment icon

3

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 92: Why the Twins' New Prospect Isn't Their Type/Why Didn't Russell Martin Make More Money?
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-16

comment icon

0

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 84: Jose Molina and What the Quantification of Catcher Framing Might Mean
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-13

comment icon

25

Overthinking It: The 50-Run Receiver
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-14

comment icon

20

Pebble Hunting: The Best Story of 2012
by
Sam Miller

09-10

comment icon

3

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 38: The Greatness of Yadier Molina and the Not-So-Greatness of Omar Vizquel
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-30

comment icon

3

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 32: Joe Mauer and his Contract Clear Waivers/The Demise of Erik Bedard
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-20

comment icon

13

Prospectus Hit and Run: Pudge Retires
by
Jay Jaffe

02-27

comment icon

31

Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Catchers
by
Derek Carty

02-10

comment icon

14

The Stats Go Marching In: What Are the Rays Expecting from Jose Molina?
by
Max Marchi

02-03

comment icon

35

Future Shock: Giants Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-16

comment icon

5

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Men Behind the Men Behind the Plate
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

09-24

comment icon

71

Spinning Yarn: Removing the Mask Encore Presentation
by
Mike Fast

06-03

comment icon

24

Baseball ProGUESTus: Can Baseball Expertise Be a Bad Thing?
by
Sam Miller

05-30

comment icon

10

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Fielding, Part II
by
Jason Parks

02-21

comment icon

11

Fantasy Focus: Catcher Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-16

comment icon

59

Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone
by
Mike Fast

05-13

comment icon

24

Checking the Numbers: Caught Quantifying
by
Eric Seidman

05-05

comment icon

15

Checking the Numbers: Catchers on Catching
by
Eric Seidman

12-20

comment icon

19

Baseball Therapy: Will You Be My Mentor?
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-18

comment icon

5

You Could Look It Up: Mauer's Tower of Accomplishment
by
Steven Goldman

04-07

comment icon

19

Catcher Fatigue
by
Ben Lindbergh

11-04

comment icon

0

Prospectus Q&A: Josh Paul
by
David Laurila

03-23

comment icon

0

2006--Setting the Stage
by
Keith Woolner

06-23

comment icon

0

You Could Look It Up: Infinity Edition #4
by
Steven Goldman

02-01

comment icon

0

Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects - Catchers
by
Baseball Prospectus

06-09

comment icon

0

You Could Look It Up: Draft Edition
by
Steven Goldman

05-17

comment icon

0

The Catcher Arms Race
by
Michael Wolverton

04-09

comment icon

0

Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003
by
Christina Kahrl

05-29

comment icon

0

Aim For The Head: Simulating Catcher's ERA
by
Keith Woolner

02-15

comment icon

0

Controlling the Running Game
by
Michael Wolverton

01-10

comment icon

0

Field General or Backstop?
by
Keith Woolner

01-07

comment icon

0

Transaction Analysis: December 2-28
by
Dave Pease and Christina Kahrl

12-02

comment icon

0

Transaction Analysis: November 11-December 12
by
Dave Pease

<< Previous Tag Entries Next Tag Entries >>

The future of the Giants' farm system will largely depend upon the team's most recent draft.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

Read the full article...

What can Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli tell us about the dangers of valuing backup catchers inappropriately?

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Jonathan Bernhardt is a freelance writer born in Baltimore who lives and works in New York City. He is an occasional contributor to the Et tu, Mr. Destructo? blog.

Read the full article...

In case you missed Mike Fast's extraordinary research into quantifying the heretofore hidden contributions of catchers, we're moving it back to the top of the list for the weekend.

I Was Framed
Catchers play a central role in the game of baseball through their involvement with every pitch that their pitchers throw. One of their key tasks is receiving borderline pitches without discouraging the umpire from calling strikes.


Read the full article...

Attempting to solve the central mystery of Mike Scioscia's managerial career--why Jeff Mathis gets so much playing time--and exploring its implications for how managers make up their minds.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Sam Miller writes about baseball for the Orange County Register. He covered local government, education and autism before moving to the sports section in 2009. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and newborn daughter, and you can follow him on Twitter at @sammillerocr

Read the full article...

Those who don the tools of ignorance don't just need physical prowess.

When it comes to evaluating low-level talent behind the plate backbone of the process is formed from observing the body and the natural movement(s) of the body—just like all other position evaluation. Baseball isn’t black and white, and players don’t always arrive wrapped in prototypical packages. This is especially true for catchers. When you think of a catcher’s build, what body type comes to mind? Let me guess: Shortish, with bulbous aspects of the frame (stocky); thick wrists; fullback body. Sound about right? You might think this represents the ideal, but ultimately it comes down to how the body works rather than how it measures out.

When evaluating a catcher, I care more about the athleticism, coordination, and strength involved than the inherent physical characteristics [read: height/weight]. Not every player carries weight well, or projects to carry weight well, while others inhabit bad bodies that somehow allow the requisite quickness and agility for the position to shine through. You can’t judge the body in isolation; you need to see the body walk the runway to see how it moves. Basic point: Just because the body doesn’t look the part doesn’t mean the body can’t perform the role. Basic Point #2 (which is really Basic Point #1 repackaged): Catchers can be fat.

Read the full article...

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

February 21, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Catcher Rankings

11

Marc Normandin

Catcher turns out to be the most depressing of all positions.

These are the catcher fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and closer installments.

The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

Examining umpire calling and catcher framing leads to thought-provoking questions about the amorphous nature of the strike zone.

Ever since the PITCHf/x system debuted in the 2006 playoffs, people have been interested in what it says about the strike zone that the umpires call.

Read the full article...

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

May 13, 2010 8:30 am

Checking the Numbers: Caught Quantifying

24

Eric Seidman

A literature review of attempts to statistically assess catchers' defensive prowess.

Last week, I brought up the topic of catcher defense, and how it had so piqued my interest. One of the main reasons for my fascination is how there are several different aspects of a catcher’s responsibility on the defensive end, some more quantifiable than others, yet the more qualitative components seem to matter a heck of a lot more than what can currently be measured. Another interesting point is how, even with the recent advancements in defensive metrics, determining how a catcher contributes to a team with actual glove work—and not just from being a catcher—has eluded analysts for quite some time. Even more interesting is the thought of catcher defense itself: while shortstops field grounders and right fielders shag fly balls, the foul outs and dinky three-foot balls on the ground that would be the equivalent for catchers of the balls in play for infielders and outfielders aren’t thought of initially with catcher defense.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

Talking to catchers can help us understand what might improve defensive metrics for the position.

Let me start out by saying that I am fascinated by catchers, players who garner a great deal of value simply by playing a certain position. One of the major spurs of my interest is the lack of a definitive measure quantifying their defensive contributions. It might be on the easy side of the spectrum to note which catchers excel at their position as well as which could use some work, but those are vague and qualitative attributes. There have certainly been attempts to quantify what a catcher adds or subtracts with his non-offensive responsibilities but nothing has really caught on with any force, concretely convincing fans through points of difference, or by being offered on a website.

Read the full article...

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

December 20, 2009 12:55 pm

Baseball Therapy: Will You Be My Mentor?

19

Russell A. Carleton

Examining the possibility that the Nationals may have signed the wrong person to mentor their young pitching staff.

It’s been an unexpectedly good offseason to be a veteran catcher in Major League Baseball. The Washington Nationals gave 38-year-old Ivan Rodriguez a two-year contract worth $6 million. True, Pudge did win the AL MVP in 1999, but a decade later, he is no longer much of a threat offensively, and his once legendary throwing arm behind the plate has lost some of its thunder. In 2009, 65 percent of would-be basestealers took their base against Pudge, still a good rate, but down from a mere 45 percent early in his career.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

September 18, 2009 1:21 pm

You Could Look It Up: Mauer's Tower of Accomplishment

5

Steven Goldman

Which statistical pinnacle will the Twins' backstop erect next?

Over the last month or so, the focus on Joe Mauer seems to have drifted a bit off topic. Instead of appreciating the season he's having, which as we'll see in a moment is in some small sense historic, the focus has shifted to whether or not he's worthy of the AL Most Valuable Player Award, which is entirely beside the point, as the award won't alter the significance of his season in any way. Great works of art are great works, whether you pin a ribbon on them or not.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

April 7, 2009 11:17 am

Catcher Fatigue

19

Ben Lindbergh

It's accepted wisdom that the beatings of backstoppery impact player performance, but by how much?

"What's to get tired from? This isn't like football or basketball. Even if you play 100 games in the outfield, you handle only six or eight balls a game. What can wear you out? It's hard to get physically tired in baseball, unless you pitch or catch."
-Ron Fairly

"Get up. Get down. Get up again. Get down. Come up throwing. Take the chest protector off. Take the shin guards off. Hit. Put them back on. Go back behind the plate and repeat the process. Catching just breaks a man down, inning by inning, game by game, year by year."
-Reggie Jackson



The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

<< Previous Tag Entries Next Tag Entries >>