With only four Spring Training contests to go, the Miami Marlins need to make a decision as to which catchers make the Opening Day roster.
This Spring Training, Marlin Maniac is going over the possible Opening Day roster, then going over it again. This is the fifth and final update on the catchers. On Mondays we’ve looked at the Miami Marlins rotation. Tuesday its the outfield. On Wednesdays we catch up with the bullpen, and on Friday we dig into the infield.
This article will focus on the last seven days of Miami Marlins baseball, (all victories). Chances at making the Opening Day roster are estimated entirely by me, and are not indicative of any “official” FanSided opinion.
Jorge Alfaro is still considered the Miami Marlins starting catcher, but he’s only appeared in a pair of games through the first 25 Spring Training contests. He’s been dealing with that bruised knee he suffered on March 23rd, in the opener. Two-for-five in his at bats, Alfaro could still start on Opening Day, but the Marlins are prepared if he isn’t.
Chad Wallach three-for-12, two walks, one home run, three runs, two RBI, two strikeouts, CS rate 0-for-two
Wallach has been getting to know this pitching staff pretty well, and has handled a plurality of the catching duties this spring in case Alfaro isn’t ready to go on Opening Day. Hitting .190/.292/.333, Wallach is a solid asset on defense.
Santiago Chavez CS rate one-for-one
Chavez didn’t get a plate appearance this week, but gunned down the only guy who tried to steal a base on him.
Bryan Holaday one-for-seven, one walk, three strikeouts, CS rate 0-for-one
Holaday is in essence the backup backstop’s backup. Based on his track record over the past season, he should probably be the Miami Marlins choice for the Opening Day roster as the number two catcher.
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Rodrigo Vigil one-for-four, two runs, one RBI
Vigil is likely the best hitting catcher anywhere in the Miami Marlins system, and why he is the last of the non-major leaguers to really have a shot at surprising everyone by breaking camp with the Fish. Along with his .247 career minor league average, he’s also gunned down 36.5 percent of base stealers through his career.
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