On a whole, this has been a good season offensively for catchers. Yet not every owner can have Yadier Molina or Buster Posey. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at two who are proving their worth, and two who are not.
BANG FOR BUCK
At the plate, Gattis may resemble a saloon owner wielding a broken table leg, but there's no arguing with the results. Gattis has received plenty of playing time due to a preseason shoulder injury to perennial All-Star Brian McCann, and had responded with a .281 average, 12 home runs and 32 RBIs before Saturday. But with McCann back from the disabled list, at-bats for Gattis may be harder to come by.
A consummate feast-or-famine hitter, Arencibia is simply doing what he did last season — hitting home runs and striking out a lot — just a little more productively. Yes, his .231 batting average is a drag, but who wouldn't take 12 home runs by your catcher before June. Also his 54 combined runs and RBIs ranks second in the majors among catchers. Hitting in the middle of a powerful Blue Jays lineup also bolsters his value.