2010 in Review: Catcher

Posts in this series:

Team Offense Team Pitching
Team Defense
Catcher First Base Second Base
Shortstop Third Base Designated Hitter
Left Field Center Field Right Field
Starting Pitching Relief Pitching

 

Part I: Review

Carlos Santana and Lou Marson started the season as catching prospects, and each got a chance to play. Marson started the season as the Indians' starting catcher, and even though he has the skill set to be a starting major-league catcher, he was just keeping the position warm until Carlos Santana was deemed ready to play or was least likely to attain Super Two status after the 2012 season. Santana was recalled on June 11th, and made an immediate impact at the plate, hitting .260/.401/.467 in 46 games. Santana injured his knee in a collision at home plate, and underwent season-ending surgery in August, so Marson finished the season as the starter. Mike Redmond was brought in to back up Marson, and was let go on July 16th. Chris Gimenez served as the primary backup the rest of the season. Luke Carlin, who was picked up to help Columbus down the stretch of their season, was recalled in mid-September and got into 6 games at the end of the season.

 

Defense

Age G GS Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G PB WP SB CS CS%
Lou Marson 24 87 81 725.0 552 504 44 4 1 .993 6.80 6.30 5 25 51 31 38%
Carlos Santana 24 40 40 340.0 270 245 22 3 2 .989 7.07 6.68 4 16 22 12 35%
Chris Gimenez 27 24 19 168.2 124 109 14 1 2 .992 6.56 5.13 1 8 23 11 32%
Mike Redmond 39 22 18 162.1 99 87 11 1 1 .990 5.43 4.45 1 5 25 2 7%
Luke Carlin 29 6 4 37.0 38 34 4 0 1 1.000 9.24 6.33 0 0 4 2 33%
League Average .990 7.44 6.54 26%
Team Total 162 162 1433.0 1083 979 95 9 7 .992 6.75 6.00 11 54 125 58 32%
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/11/2010.

Both Marson and Santana were very good in stopping the run; Marson has a quicker release, Santana has the better arm, but both were equally effective in throwing out runners attempting to steal. As a team, the Indians finished third in the AL in Caught Stealing Percentage, in the middle of the pack with 11 Passed Balls. Defense was not a problem here.

 

Offense

The Indians' catchers managed a 90 OPS+ thanks to Santana's contributions, which was good enough for 7th in the AL, one of the few positions in which they cracked the top half of the league.

Rk G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1 MIN 162 678 602 86 179 46 2 10 1 3 59 80 .297 .364 .430 .795 259 .326 109 127
2 BOS 162
692 630 82 172 39 0 27 1 0 55 100 .273 .330 .463 .793 292 .285 100 125
3 NYY 162 648 545 66 144 32 4 13 4 2 78 104 .264 .364 .409 .773 223 .302 98 122
4 TOR 162 621 579 71 154 29 0 27 1 0 23 146 .266 .304 .456 .760 264 .308 98 115
5 CHW 162 652 603 65 165 33 0 18 5 4 30 72 .274 .314 .418 .732 252 .285 94 108
6 BAL 162 639 571 51 144 27 2 10 1 1 59 114 .252 .321 .359 .680 205 .295 95 95
7 LAA 162 592 542 59 120 27 3 20 6 1 34 162 .221 .274 .393 .667 213 .275 89 89
8 CLE 162 612 525 67 114 36 0 11 10 1 72 113 .217 .315 .349 .663 183 .254 90 90
9 OAK 162 678 615 68 142 22 2 16 4 2 47 90 .231 .295 .351 .646 216 .245 84 85
10 TBR 162 653 559 74 122 25 2 10 3 1 75 115 .218 .319 .324 .643 181 .256 76 85
11 KCR 162 675 605 52 157 29 0 1 14 8 46 74 .260 .316 .312 .628 189 .289 74 81
12 DET 162 622 557 51 124 24 0 12 5 3 52 119 .223 .294 .330 .624 184 .262 67 79
13 TEX 162 631
546 52 116 16 1 13 1 2 52 113 .212 .288 .317 .605 173 .240 61 74
14 SEA 162 599 541 50 109 25 0 10 1 2 43 146 .201 .263 .303 .566 164 .253 78 62
TOT 2268 8992 8020 894 1962 410 16 198 57 30 725 1548 .245 .312 .374 .686 2998 .278 87 96
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/11/2010.

 

As you can see in this breakdown, Santana carried the positional mail, matching Marson's extra-base totals in less than half the games.

Rk G GS PA ▾ AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1 Lou Marson 84 294 262 29 51 15 0 3 8 1 26 55 .195 .274 .286 .560 75 .234 100 61
2 Carlos Santana 40 169 130 21 34 12 0 5 2 0 34 23 .262 .408 .469 .878 61 .274 102 151
3 Mike Redmond 20 68 63 7 13 4 0 0 0 0 2 10 .206 .242 .270 .512 17 .245 100 47
4 Chris Gimenez 21 65 56 6 11 5 0 1 0 0 8 20 .196 .297 .339 .636 19 .286 106 82
5 Luke Carlin 5 16 14 4 5 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 .357 .438 .786 1.223 11 .429 100 244
Team Total 162 612 525 67 114 36 0 11 10 1 72 113 .217 .315 .349 .663 183 .254 90 90
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/11/2010.

 

Part II: Looking Towards 2011

Not Coming Back

Mike Redmond (Released, 7-16-10)

Redmond was to help Marson along in his first season as a starter, but Mike couldn't run, couldn't throw, and couldn't really hit. Chris Gimenez replaced him as the backup catcher in mid-July. Redmond announced his retirement earlier this month.

Returning

Carlos Santana (Pre-Arbitration) - 1 Option Year Remaining

Lou Marson (Pre-Arbitration) - 1 Option Year Remaining

Chris Gimenez (Pre-Arbitration) - 1 Option Year Remaining

The Indians don't have to worry much about this position this offseason, other than monitoring Santana's rehab. 

If Santana is healthy, he'll be the starting catcher. Before the injury, the Indians were going to have him learn to play first base so that he could stay in the lineup on his normal days off, which would have perhaps allowed the Indians to give Lou Marson enough playing time to keep the rust off him. But now that Santana will spend his off-season rehabbing his knee, I would think that those plans have been delayed, and Santana will be just a catcher at least to start the 2011 season.

Both Marson and Gimenez have an option year remaining, so the Indians can go with either as Santana's backup. I'm going to guess they'll send Marson to Columbus, at least until they can give Santana some playing time at first base.

 

To Be Determined

Luke Carlin (Pre-Arbitration) - No Option Years

Carlin will likely be DFAd this fall or non-tendered in December to make room for a prospect or free agent on the 40-man roster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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