From: RJA on 12 May 2010 13:57
On May 12, 1:18 pm, HTP <tmbowma...(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> On May 12, 8:22 am, David Short
> <David.No.Sho...(a)Spam.wright.Please.edu> wrote:
> > On 5/12/2010 10:15 AM, john smith wrote:
> > > Nobody would have believed the production the Reds have gotten out of
> > > the catching position to date this year. It has been beyond anybody's
> > > wildest expectations. I would appreciate how the Reds rank offensively
> > > when you combine the two if anybody has this stat?
> > > I still believe Hanigan is the better catcher. He blocks balls better
> > > and is better defensively. Hanigan hits the ball harder than Hernandez.
> > > But both have been more than adequate to say the least. I wouldn't mind
> > > Hanigan catching 4 out of every 6 games. It will keep them both fresh..
> > > The Brain Baker has done something right here with this juggling... Can
> > > we see Hanigan just a wee bit more...
> > Don't look know, but Devin Mesoraco, remember him? The failed #1 draft
> > pick who was never going to hit? The dude is 22 in high A ball putting
> > up a 347/435/663. Yowzers.
> > That's not young for that league and it is a repeat and, yes, it's only
> > 100 at bats, but....well, it's a 347/435/663. That's nice.
> I've been watching that too. That would be an unexpected boost to this
> organization if he has suddenly figured out a few things. He'd been a
> bust since he was drafted. High school catchers ughh. I was getting
> very concerned about the Reds minor league depth chart at catcher. we
> need someone to be ready to move up to the Reds by next season.
> I see that they've also been giving Neftali Soto reps at catcher also.
> Thats interesting.
> The other positive news is the rebound of Chris Valaika at Lousville.
> H'ed fallen off the prospect radar after last seasons dismal hitting
> show. He'd hit all over the minors before lasts season, so hopefully
> he's back on track.
> As usual, theres some bad news. Juan Francisco is out for a few weeks
> with an appendectomy. Oh, and all of the Reds affiliates are losers
I still don't consider Francisco to be a high prospect. Not even sure
if he has a position where he can be considered an adequate fielder.
To be fair, Valaika had some sort of injury last year. Hand or wrist
From: Ron Johnson on 14 May 2010 17:36
On May 12, 10:15 am, eddyg...(a)msn.com (john smith) wrote:
> Nobody would have believed the production the Reds have gotten out of
> the catching position to date this year. It has been beyond anybody's
> wildest expectations. I would appreciate how the Reds rank offensively
> when you combine the two if anybody has this stat?
Probably second in the NL (though within method error
Reds' catchers are a combined .333/.445/.474 while
the Giants are getting .345/.415/.513 in what is
almost certainly a tougher place to hit (I don't
believe in making formal park adjustments at this
time of year)
For the flip side look no further than the Astros.
..205/.237/.295 (What's truly astonishing about
the Astos is that they have 3 regulars hitting
worse than their starting catcher)
And then there's the Tigers. .171/.271/.309