The Cleveland Indians are set up well at catcher for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by admin on Tuesday 15 January 2013 at 7:39 pm

26-year old switch-hitting Carlos Santana is likely going to split time between catching, DH and 1B in 2013.  Santana played in 143 games for the Indians last year and he was 128 of 507 (.252 avg, .785 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 18 homers, 76 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He has now played in 344 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 299 of 1,209 (.247 avg, .806 OPS) with 179 runs scored, 51 homers, 177 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Santana played in 100 games (95 starts) behind the plate for the Indians last year and he had 7 errors and 10 passed balls.  He also threw out 23 of 93 (24.7%) base stealers last year and Indians’ pitchers had a 4.69 ERA with him behind the dish.  26-year old righty swinging Lou Marson will be Santana’s backup once again in 2013.  He played in 70 games for the Indians last year and he was 44 for 195 (.226 avg, .635 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 0 homers, 13 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 258 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 168 of 765 (.220 avg, .609 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 5 homers, 60 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Marson played in 69 games (64 starts) behind the plate last year and he had 2 errors and 2 passed balls.  He also threw out 10 of 77 (13%) runners trying to steal on him last year and Indians’ pitchers had a 4.86 ERA with him behind the plate.  25-year old righty swinging Yan Gomes can play a little bit off everywhere (C,1B and 3B).  He played in 9 games (5 starts) for the Blue Jays behind the plate last year and he didn’t make any errors of have any passed balls.  He didn’t have anyone try to steal on him last year and Blue Jays’ pitchers had a 5.29 ERA with him behind the dish.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013:  B

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