I had teased all week that I was going to start providing a scouting report for each person on the 40 man roster/battling for the 25 man roster.
We will start with the catcher position and under the assumption that Rod Barajas was signed to be the major league catcher earlier in the week.
Rod Barajas- #21
6'2", 245 pounds
34 years old (35 in September).
12th big league season
Bats R/ Throws R
The Good: Known as a good defensive catcher (thrower) with some pop (15-20) HRs
The Bad: Career .238 hitter and an awful .284 on base percentage. To put that .284 OBP in perspective, everyone (including myself), didn't want the Mets to sign Bengie Molina because he was slow and never got on base and has an awful OBP. Well, since 2003, Rod Barajas has had a higher OBP than Bengie Molina, ONCE (2007). There is a huge difference in the salaries though (1 million for Barajas), and thankfully we are not paying a bad catcher 5-6 million for the next 2 years, although the 6 catchers we have in camp might add up to that much $.
Role: Mets starting catcher (65-70% of games)
My projection for this year: 110 games, 360 at bats, 12 HRs, 50 RBIs, 20 BB, 50 Ks, .235 bat aver., .276 OBP, .400 Slug %
As a reference, all catchers in MLB last year BA/OBP/Slug % was .254/.320/.395
Fans: what are your thoughts/expectations from Rod Barajas this year? Vote on the poll and/or post them in the comments sections