In what has been a roller coaster season for the Red Sox, it’s refreshing to occasionally focus on things that have gone well for this team in 2012.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been one of these bright spots.
In his first season as the undisputed No. 1 catcher on the team—the shadow of Jason Varitek loomed large last year—Saltalamacchia has come into his own offensively. He is currently posting career highs in almost every offensive single category and is becoming an increasingly reliable bat for the Sox in key situations.
Saltalamacchia’s standing as compared to his catching peers has greatly risen, though it seems few in the AL have noticed. After some struggles to start his career and now with his third organization, the once-highly touted prospect was regarded by many as a player who would never quite become the star he was initially projected to be when the Braves made him their first pick in the 2003 MLB draft.
With his strong start, though, Saltalamacchia has proven that he should finally become an All-Star in 2012.
While his numbers certainly are not setting any all-time benchmarks, the Sox catcher is nevertheless standing out. His role both behind and at the plate continues to expand as the Sox grow more comfortable relying upon his developing skills as both receiver and hitter. He has responded to this increased responsibility with his finest, most consistent effort in a Sox uniform.
Although it is still relatively early to be talking about All-Star selections, Saltalamacchia has proven that he should be one of the AL’s choices. Here are five reasons why: