Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Around the Diamond- Catchers
Matt Wieters should be the starter, but wait... Dave Littlefield passed on him. Ryan Doumit will start and hopefully, the team can finally get 140 games out of him and truly see what type of player he is. I know we've been down this road before, but hopefully Doumit's poor 2009 was due to injury.
If John Russell intends to bat Doumit in the middle of the order, he has to start swinging the bat. I know I'm very hard on Doumit at times, but it's make or break time for him. I have a feeling he will answer the call and perform well. (That was painful for me to say).
What's more important is for Doumit to handle the young pitching staff and become a leader of this young team. He has it in his personality to do so. If he starts putting up numbers offensively and the pitchers throw well, this could become his team. I look for big things from the soon to be 29 year old backstop. he won't be a big long ball guy, but could become a decent run producer.
Other catchers in camp are last years backup Jason Jaramillio and non-roster invitees: Luke Carlin, Hector Gimenez, Erik Kratz and 2009 first round pick Tony Sanchez. Carlin and Kratz have impressed at times so far. As for Sanchez, he is having a great camp, but don't expect him to come north opening day. What he is doing is showing Doumit that he has to produce, or Sanchez's time will be sooner, rather than later.
As for the backup, look for it to be Jaramillio; although he does have an option left.
Position Grade Compared to the rest of the league- C - Average at best production and I'm probably being kind here.