We’re inching ever closer to Opening Day as games have begun in Spring Training! As our ranking series goes on, this week focuses on catchers. The Yankees’ acquisition received a lot of love, but there are some other impact catchers in the AL East as well.
1. Brian McCann, New York Yankees: He has hit at least 20 home runs in sixth straight seasons. He is one of three catchers in history the others are Yogi Berra and Johnny Bench. McCann is an impact bat behind the plate and for a team that struggled scoring runs last year, his addition should help the Yankees. Expect the short porch in right field boost McCann’s power numbers making 30 home runs and outside possibility.
2. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles: Matt Wieters has two All-Star appearances under his belt, as well as two Gold Gloves and yet it feels like he still has much improving to do. His defense is spectacular, but his bat has not caught up yet. Last year was his worst in the Majors as Wieters posted a career low .287 OBP, though he did surpass 20 home runs. Wieters is still only 27 years old and as catchers typically bloom late, this may be the year he puts it all together. Continue reading Ranking the AL East: Catchers »