Over his career, Chris Iannetta
, in the eyes of many fans, has gone from being the catcher of the future too someone who many want to see gone completely from the organization and replaced with Rosario, our young prospect at Dbl A Tulsa,. I know things have not gone as well as many of us would have liked, I am sure that Chris and the Rockies
organization are disappointed at how long it has taken him to seize the job. That I understand. What I don't understand is the lack of objectivity when viewing him as MLB catcher.
Before last nights game, I took the time to see just where he ranks among current catchers stat wise, since that is how we generally judge a player. To be honest, he ranked better than I thought he would and I am a big fan of his. His HR total of 12, ranks him 4th, 41 RBI's ranks 6th, 63 BB's is 1st, an OBP of .378 is 3rd, Slg % of .420 is 10th, and his OPS of .798 ranks 4th. His ranking of 32nd for a batting avg of .235 is a little dubious because several of the catchers ahead of him have only played a handful of games and I wasn't sure where the cut-off should be for whom to keep and whom to discard. The same applies for his defensive stats, too many catchers with very few games played. Though from the eye test, in my view he is pretty good defensively and in calling the game (which there is no stat for).
That .235 batting avg is admittedly not good no matter how you look at it, but at least it is better than the .197 he hit last year. I expect him to be back next year and hope he continues to improve. The reason catcher's like McCann, Mauer, V. Martinez, and Pudge Rodrigues stand out so much is that you don't often find catcher's who are so complete like they are. It is very rare to have a catcher who is as much of a force at the plate as he is behind the plate.
As far as Wilin Rosario's stats are concerned, I am not sure what to think. Muzia posted last week about him being a gifted underachiever, http://www.purplerow.com/2011/8/10/2354367/wilin-rosario-gifted-underachiever . His stats suggest that he is definitely underachieving at Dbl A ball. One has too wonder how those numbers would translate to the majors. Currently he is hitting .251, with an OBP of .286 with 17 HR's and 39 RBI's. His Slg % of .446 gives him an OPS of .732. Not shabby numbers, but is he ready or does he need more time?
What are your views on the Rockies catching situation? I am definitely an Iannetta supporter, but I am a Rockies fan first and will support whomever they see fit to put back there and root for them to be the best they can possibly be, I could never root for any of them to fail so miserably that the organization will get rid of them because that poor perfomance would hurt my team. I also am excited about Rosario, and don't forget about Pacheco.
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