Around the Diamond, Top 5 Catchers in 2010
There aren’t many big name catchers in the majors anymore, there are only a handful that come to mind as top tier catchers in the league.
5. Ronny Paulino, Florida Marlins: Paulino has the best average on the Marlins with a .308 batting average. The Marlins who were recently swept by the Mets have fallen to two games under .500 and are now fourth in their division. The Marlins are still in there though, only five and a half games out of first in a very close division race. Paulino hasn’t played more than 100 games in a season since 2007 when he was with the Pirates. If the Marlins have any chance of making the playoffs they are going to have to keep Paulino healthy because he has been a big part of their offense this year.
4. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: Relax everyone, Mauer I’m sure will be at the number one spot by the end of the season, but right now he has been in a little bit of a slide after starting off the season on fire. Mauer’s average has dropped from the .360’s to .311, which is still respectable. The power numbers is the stunning stat with only two home runs and 24 RBI’s, which is a huge drop off from last year so far. Was last year a fluke? I doubt it, some of Mauer’s home run power loss can be due to their huge stadium that yields one of the lowest home run rates in all of baseball. I think Mauer will turn it around and start hitting for a higher average, but it is questionable whether the power will come back.
3. Rod Barajas, New York Mets: Barajas has been a major contributor for the Mets this year. So far Barajas is making the Mets look like geniuses for picking him up from the Blue Jays. Barajas already has 11 home runs which leads his team and 30 RBI’s which is third on the team. If Barajas keeps up these numbers he will have career highs in those two categories. Barajas’s average has been a little low only hitting .267, but I think the Mets will take that with the much needed power he has been producing for the team. Will this power last from Barajas? His career stats say no, and I would have to say no also. I do think Barajas will still have respectable numbers once the season is over though.
2. Miguel Olivo, Colorado Rockies: The Rockies have really caught lightning in a bottle with Olivo. Olivo has moved from team to team over his career never finishing the season with an average over .263. Out of nowhere Olivo is hitting .309 so far this year with eight home runs and 25 RBI’s. All of these numbers are on pace to make Olivo have his best year of his career. Olivo is also leading his team in on base percentage, slugging, and average. The Rockies are currently two games above .500 and only four games out of first place. Olivo has been a big part of their success, but i don’t know how much longer he will keep this up.
1. Victor Martinez, Boston Red Sox: Martinez has always been known to put up spectacular offensive stats. This year is no different then any other. Martinez is hitting .294 with eight home runs and 29 RBI’s. The Red Sox picked up Martinez last year to replace the aging team captain Jason Varitek. Martinez has been a huge upgrade offensively over Varitek and he is trying to fill the void of Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay as the Red Sox premier offensive player. With the resurgence of David Ortiz and the great hitting from Kevin Youkilis and Martinez, the Red Sox are creeping their way back into the AL East making the AL East a three-man race between them the Yankees and Blue Jays. (mlb.com)
By Eric Heyer of Sports Fan Blog Network
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