NL East Preview 2012: Catcher

In just over a month, pitchers and catchers will report to the first ever Spring Training for the Miami Marlins. I do not know about you guys, but I am suffering through baseball withdrawal currently. I cannot wait to see the new look Marlins take the field. With all of our off season additions, it will be very exciting to see what the team can do in 2012.

I know it may seem early, but today I will be starting an NL East preview series. Every day, I compare each teams players at each position. Today we are starting off with the catching position. We will take a look at each players projections for the 2012 season. I will then open a poll to allow you guys to vote for who you feel is the best catcher in the NL East.

Before we get started, let us take a look at each NL East team and who their starting catcher will be in 2012:

Brian McCann

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA WAR HR
Bill James 578 .276 .360 .484 .357 3.9 24
Roto Champ 566 .272 .360 .465 .354 3.7 23
Fans 754 .280 .363 .458 .355 5.0 22

John Buck

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA WAR HR
Bill James 482 .239 .309 .409 .308 1.7 17
Roto Champ 450 .240 .316 .398 .311 1.7 15
Fans 518 .241 .306 .383 .301 1.8 15

Josh Thole

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA WAR HR
Bill James 428 .278 .353 .369 .316 1.9 3
Roto Champ 383 .291 .371 .365 .326 2.2 3
Fans 485 .275 .352 .360 .317 2.5 5

Carlos Ruiz

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA WAR HR
Bill James 497 .271 .360 .400 .327 3.1 9
Roto Champ 454 .271 .366 .385 .329 2.6 7
Fans 509 .275 .362 .373 .324 3.2 7

Wilson Ramos

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA WAR HR
Bill James 425 .267 .317 .431 .321 2.7 13
Roto Champ 387 .263 .333 .449 .335 2.9 14
Fans 516 .270 .327 .421 .324 3.3 14

According to these projections, we can draw this:

  1. Brian McCann
  2. Carlos Ruiz
  3. Wilson Ramos
  4. Josh Thole
  5. John Buck
The Braves have the clear advantage in the catching department. Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Ramos are very close to each other. Josh Thole has a slight advantage over John Buck for last place in the catching department.
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Tags: Atlanta Braves Brian McCann Carlos Ruiz John Buck Josh Thole Miami Marlins New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals Wilson Ramos

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