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Stat of the day: catchers lead the way

Apr 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

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Credit A.J. Pierzynski, Yadier Molina, Matt Wieters and even a little George Kottaras: catchers have the highest OPS of any position on the diamond so far this year.

Here’s how they ranked entering Thursday’s games:

C: .770 OPS
CF: .764
1B: .758
RF: .742
2B: .699
3B: .696
SS: .692
LF: .684

Yeah, that’s pretty unusual. Designated hitters do top catchers with a .791 OPS to date, but since they’re not actually on the diamond, I felt free to exclude them.

Obviously, this isn’t at all likely to keep up, but it is fun to see just how many catchers have started red hot. The Brewers have gotten a 1.226 OPS from Jonathan Lucroy and Kottaras. The White Sox, Tigers, Orioles and Cardinals are also above 1.000.

Last year, catchers had a .703 OPS, better than only shortstops at .697. It was the same deal in 2010. In 2009, catchers ranked last behind the shortstops in OPS.

  1. hojo20 - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Tyler Flowers must be displeased about AJP’s start.

  2. scatterbrian - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    And that’s including that no-good J.P. Arencibia

  3. mvpolamalu - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    You forgot alex avila. He deserves some of that credit

    • spudchukar - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Yep best OBS+ last year in MLB for catchers, with an ungodly amount of innings, and playing through a serious shoulder injury for the last two months. The dude just does not get the respect he deserves, will only get better IMHO, particularly since he has only been playing the position for a short time.

  4. The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Not to mention Josh Thole at .925 so far.

  5. dink53 - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    That headline alone will make Jim Price feel better.

  6. ThatGuy - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Probably because Drew Butera is in AAA

  7. spudchukar - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    If I am the Brewers, Kottaras is on the trading block ASAP. They just signed Lucroy to a long-term lucrative deal, and are rightly committed to a very good backstop. Sell while the iron is hot, I say, and get the max for a guy who has never shown these kind of power numbers before. There are teams in need of a catcher, and Kottaras, who is also dependable defensively, would be an alternative upgrade over the likes of Saltimacchia,/Shoppach, Buck/Hayes, Thole/Nickeas,Castro/Snyder, Marttin/Stewart, Molina/Chirinos/Bobaton/Gimenez/Vogt, Ianetta/Wilson, Suzuki/Recker/Donaldson, just to name a few.

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