Saturday, December 8, 2012

Like Toronto, Boston has too many catchers

As I indicated in a post earlier today the Toronto Blue Jays roster doesn't make sense without moving a catcher, they simply have too much roster space tied up to one position. The same can be said of the Boston Red Sox.

The Boston situation actually appears even more crowded then Toronto, they're going to end up with six catchers on the roster. We've all heard the rumors about Salty when the Sox first signed David Ross, we also heard that the Mets weren't enamored with the once top prospect.  I doubt that the Mets don't want his 25 HRs but more then likely don't want to pay the price in Jon Niese or R.A. Dickey.

Not only does Boston have David Ross and Salty, they have their future catcher Ryan Lavarnway, the belief is that Ross was brought in to mentor Lavarnway.  Which is why speculation has surrounded Salty but to complicate things even more the Sox signed Mike Napoli.

Bean town already has a DH who fills in at 1B with David Ortiz, so Napoli may have to play some behind the plate.

Christian R. Vazquez is one of those catchers on the 40 man roster but he's still young and only there to be protected from the rule five draft.

Dan Bulter is a 26 y/o right handed catcher who has nowhere to go in Boston since he sits about fifth on the depth chart and hasn't played above AAA.  If the demands for Salty remain too high Butler might become the player on the move.  Butler is considered a defensive minded catcher who is patient at the plate and has a strong work ethic.  At the least Boston needs to move either Salty or Butler unless they're going to start using  Napoli or Salty in the corner outfield...

Catcher with a smaller frame, underwent TJ Surgery in 2007. Quick feet. Moves well laterally behind plate. Fronts balls in dirt well. Firm glove, with solid reactions. Plus arm, but can be long with release. Needs some cleanup work being consistent with grip when throwing. Learning how to manage the game. Can be repetitive and fall into obvious patterns when calling a game. Average batspeed. Limited hitting zones. Hits balls out and over the plate well, but struggles with inside fastballs and elevated ones. Fringe-average power. Patient approach. Will work counts. Defense is strong suit. Ceiling of a backup catcher at the major league level. source Sox prospect

“He’s come a long way in his rise through this organization, and he’s opened a lot of eyes,” said Crabbe. “He’s made himself into a prospect in a short period of time. He still has a lot to learn, but he has a ceiling to get even better.” source Sox prospect