NL East Positional Battle: Catcher

An article by posted on February 9, 2012

TRS86 of the Real Dirty Mets is posting an interesting series that is worth reading and checking out. He is doing a position by position breakdown of all the NL East teams and ranking them accordingly.

He started with the catcher position where he ranked them as follows:

#1 Brian McCann

#2 Wilson Ramos

#3 Carlos Ruiz

#4 Josh Thole:  Bet you thought he would be last huh?  Well almost only counts in horseshoes.  There is no doubt that currently Josh is a below average catcher.  Our high hopes for him were dashed last year when his .723 OPS took a dive to .690 in his first full year.   The bright spots are that he still does not strike out much and managed to hit .264 with a .345 OBP, unfortunately that OBP was higher than his SLG %.  So currently he is a slow version of Luis Castillo.  He has also got a lot of work to do defensively.  He had early issues with his game calling as well as a pitiful CS % of 22%.  In other words the only thing that saves him from being dead last in the division is just how bad this next guy is.

# Dead Last John Buck

I’m not sure I agree with Buck finishing last to Thole, but you can check out why he thinks so and form your own opinion.

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