TuckerBlair89 wrote:Luckily for the O's, they have a new wave with Jonah Heim , Alex Murphy , Chance Sisco
They all have decent ceilings if they can develop how envisioned (obviously way too early for any conclusion on that front).
I personally would take Clevenger and Ward without a problem as the backup C. I think they are the best options at this point. Clevenger is a decent rounded player who isn't exciting, but gets the job done. Ward's defense cannot be described in words. It's that good. I don't care if he never gets a hit in the MLB ever, as long as he does his thing behind the plate. It's worth that much to me. Of course, he's strictly a backup.
It seems like Ward takes a little time to adjust to a new level. He struggled offensively in 2010 & 2012, but bounced back in 2011 & 2013. He walks at a really efficient rate, especially for a catcher. I'd peg Ward as Norfolk's primary catcher, with Joseph getting starts behind the plate occasionally, while he revolves into different positions like 1B, DH, RF, LF. The two Luis's can hang around as a backup/third string at Bowie and/or Norfolk. Catching depth can deplete in a hurry, so I wouldn't be against having an average of about 2.5 catchers per affiliate. Ohlman is defintely the main backstop at Bowie. Allen De San Miguel and Zane Chavez perform well, but don't have much potential. They'll be organizational depth at Delmarva/Frederick/Bowie; doesn't really matter. Do you think Wynston Sawyer will be the majority catcher at Frederick?
thezeroes wrote:You hear it countless times by most fans that a teams backup catcher seems to be below par.
It would need to be ask of these posters/fans as to what do they expect from a backup catcher??
A .300 hitter with occasional Pop and a 30 % caught stealing rate??
Well pardon me, but wouldn't this then be your starter???
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