Jacob Stallings was supposed to solve the Miami Marlins catching problem. Stallings spent 2016 to 2021 playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates and had mixed results along the way... At least at first. Stallings debuted in 2016 as a 26 year old. He batted .400/400/.467 with 0 home runs and 0 RBI in 5 games and 15 AB. In 2017, he followed that up with a .357/.438/.500 batting line with 0 home runs and 3 RBI in 5 games and 14 AB. Both seasons he had a 0.0 dWAR.
Jacob Stallings may be playing his final season with the Miami Marlins.
In 2018, Jacob Stallings batted .216/.268/.216 with 0 home runs and 5 RBI in 14 games and 37 AB. This was a pretty poor offensive showing, but he did add a 0.2 dWAR showing some exciting defensive potential. In 2019, he batted .262/.325/.382 with 6 home runs and 13 RBI in 71 games and 191 AB. He was worth 1.4 dWAR that season, which is absolutely insanely good for the AB. His overall WAR was 1.5 that season by the way.
In 2020, Jacob Stallings batted .248/.326/.376 with 3 home runs and 18 RBI in 42 games and 125 AB. In 2021, he batted .246/.335/.369 with 8 home runs and 53 RBI in 112 games and 374 AB. More importantly he was worth 2.3 dWAR. It definitely looked like as if he was a great defensive catcher. Catchers aren't expected to be middle of the order bats or elite offensive players, in fact even league average offense isn't really expected from them. Defense is what makes a catcher valuable or not.
The Miami Marlins saw a lot of potential in Jacob Stallings defensively, and so The Fish acquired him prior to the 2022 season. The results unfortunately wee very underwhelming. He batted .223/.292/.292 with 4 home runs and 34 RBI in 114 games and 346 AB that season. Unfortunately he was worth -0.7 WAR and just 0.0 dWAR. This was a very disappointing season and since he's eligible for an arbitration raise after this upcoming season, you have to wonder what happens if he repeats that poor production.
If Jacob Stallings has another poor season, the Miami Marlins will almost certainly non-tender him after. What do you think? Which of these three players do you think is playing their final season with The Fish?