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Giants catchers have hit .222 since Buster Posey went down

Jul 19, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

Scott Cousins, Buster Posey AP

In researching yet another aspect of the Dodgers’ ineptitude Eric Stephen of True Blue LA stumbled across an interesting stat about the Giants, noting that San Francisco catchers have hit just .222 with a .647 OPS since Buster Posey‘s season-ending ankle injury.

At the time of the injury Posey was hitting .284 with a .756 OPS and he batted .305 with an .862 OPS in winning Rookie of the Year honors last season, so the dropoff behind the plate has been massive.

Eli Whiteside and Chris Stewart have split time pretty evenly in Posey’s absence, with Whiteside starting 29 times compared to 20 starts by Stewart.

Over the weekend the Giants promoted a third catcher, Hector Sanchez, but the 21-year-old prospect hasn’t started a game yet and isn’t expected to see much action despite hitting .302 with an .802 OPS in 67 games between Single-A and Double-A. Sanchez has terrible plate discipline and a grand total of 25 career games above Single-A, so odds are he’d be overmatched right now anyway, but if the Giants felt it was worth calling him up why not give him a shot instead of the .222-hitting veteran duo?

  1. Phillies Homer - Jul 19, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Posey is one of the best catchers in baseball… did you think that his backups would be generating the kind of output he did? If so, you’re silly.

    Carlos Santana – BA: .231
    Geovany Soto – BA: .235
    Kurt Suzuki – .238

    • Phillies Homer - Jul 19, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      Dammit, I wasn’t done… accidentally hit “tab” and then hit “enter”.

      Anyways, my point of the above, is a lot of team’s starting catchers have a batting average around .222. So, to expect that the Giant’s platoon of backups would mimic Posey’s .284 is dumb. But, catchers, by nature… usually aren’t offensive machines and it’s unfortunate that one of the Giants’ lone offensive machines happened to be a catcher.

      But, I don’t think the lack of production the Giants catchers have is really worth dwelling over.

      • hittfamily - Jul 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM

        Just hit the edit button rather than replying to your own post.

        Also, Rays starting catcher is hitting .169. I’m envious of the bombers San Fran has.

  2. 5thbase - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    I think it’s funny that the Braves have 2 catchers with OPS’s above .880. Even when the Senator takes a game off they still have one of the best offensive catchers playing. Too bad they’re in the same division as the Philadelphia Yankees.

    But yeah, finding major league catchers who can hit is a problem … there aren’t 30 of them around. I’m surprised more teams don’t go with real shut-down defensive catchers. Would rather have a great defender hitting .210 than an ok one hitting .240.

  3. dramah - Jul 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    In MN, if you’re hitting above .200 at the catcher spot you’re effectively hitting above the “Butera” line. Welcome back Mauer, welcome back…

  4. kiwicricket - Jul 19, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Let’s put things into perspective shall we…..? The entire TEAM is hitting .242. A slightly below average hitting back-up is the least of their worries.

  5. joelgold - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    When researching the ineptitude of the Dodgers, why did he look at the Giants catchers? Is THAT what’s wrong with the Dodgers? The whole Giants team is hitting poorly and they really miss Posey, but their record is actually better without him than it was with him in the lineup. That’s not a reflection on Posey, but really shows what a great pitching staff can mean to a team, especially when your number 5 starter is leading the league in ERA (2.02) and makes the All-Star Team. Can’t wait to get Buster back!

    • hittfamily - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:11 PM

      I know they ruled him out for the season immediately, but is there any update on that. Any chance he plays postseason, even as a pich hitter.

      • joelgold - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM

        Doesn’t look like it. I don’t think he is even walking yet. Next year.

  6. pisano - Jul 19, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    If they want to give up some pitching the Yankees have a bunch of young catchers to choose from, Montero, Romine, and Gary Sanchez to name a few that are just about ready.

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