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Let's look at the numbers of two catchers producing similar stats this year.
Player A: .240 BA, 9 HR, 29 RBI, 21 R, .467 SLG%
Player B: .236 BA, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 25 R, .465 SLG%
As you probably guessed by this slide's title and the picture of J.P. Arencibia, one of these players is Arencibia. He's Player A. Player B? Mike Napoli, who was frequently the first catcher taken off the board in drafts this year.
This might say more about some people's foolishness to believe a career .262 hitter in Napoli could hit .320 again, but Arencibia resembles Napoli if you take away 2011. Napoli often sat on the waiver wire until he scorched the ball in any given month, but he always ended up with 20 or more homers.
Arencibia has slugged eight homers and driven in 19 runs with a .605 slugging percentage in May after a horrible April that led many owners to cut ties with the young catcher. Now he's tied with Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the most round-trippers hit by a catcher this season.
Now many players can bat .240 during a hot start, but anyone should gladly take that average if it comes with a catcher who can rip 30 home runs. His highs will be really high and his lows will make you want to pull your hair out, but the end result will be worth it.