Sunday, March 19, 2006

Catchers, Catchers Everywhere

A few years ago I almost cried when the Braves let Javy Lopez go to the Orioles. He had just come off an excellent year at the plate and he wasn't the worst catcher in baseball. But the Braves had Johnny Estrada coming up from the minors and he was forecasted as one of the best catchers in the minors. And while Johnny never had the personality that Javy did, he did a solid job as a hitter and an excellent job behind the plate.
Then last year Johnny struggled with injuries and along with a bunch of other rookies Brian McCann came up and established himself as a major leaguer. So in January Estrada found himself on the way to Arizona, and McCann is the Braves starting catcher this year.
But McCann better not get comfortable because there is another minor leaguer in the Braves' system biting at his heels.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Ok so I can't say it either, but his stats speak for themselves.
His homerun on March 3rd was what the Braves needed to beat the Dodgers and he is making quite the impression on Bobby Cox and catching veteran Todd Pratt.
Did I mention he is only 20. Yeah, he can't even legally drink. This kid should be sitting in class next to me, not being the topic of my blog.
Braves' rookies proved last year that age really ain't nothin but a number. But I want to know that the Braves are doing in their farm system with all these catchers... and can we get some of that depth at 1st base?


Blogger Keith A said...

It will be interesting to see how the young kids of the Braves will stack up against the revamped and experienced Mets. How many times can the Braves go to the well? They constantly plug in new parts, and with the departure of Mazzone, I don't know if they can pull off another division title.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

All I have to say here about the Braves is that in a month you'll be going to see them in Atlanta and that's motivation enough to get through the school year.

why isn't this blog about the Sox? haha

12:56 PM  
Blogger kevinc said...

Your banner is incredible, whomever did that for you must be one hell of a guy. I also like how thorough you are, keep up the good work champ.

1:33 PM  

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