Player Projections - Catcher

Since there’s not a whole lot to write about this time of year, I’m going to spend the next several weeks doing projections of statistics for all the players I expect to make the team this year. The projections aren’t going to necessarily add up to the correct number of games per position, and the at bats may not jive totally but it’s not like I expect to be 100% right so each player’s projection is coming somewhat independent from what I project from anyone else. I’m basing my projections on scouting reports I’ve read, my own observation, and gut instinct. So this week, let’s start with the catchers (Mauer, Doumit, Butera, Herrmann)

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K TB BA SLG OBP OPS
Joe Mauer 145 545 84 187 34 3 16 91 4 88 75 275 0.343 0.505 0.434 0.939
Ryan Doumit 120 430 51 120 25 0 17 70 1 31 81 196 0.279 0.456 0.328 0.783
Drew Butera 32 95 6 19 5 0 1 6 0 5 23 27 0.200 0.284 0.240 0.524
Chris Herrmann 32 95 8 24 7 1 1 9 1 9 18 36 0.253 0.379 0.317 0.696

So as you can see, I expect Mauer to have another big year, though I think he’ll be putting in a lot of time at first base. I see Doumit playing a little less, with a bit less time at catcher and a bit less in the outfield with Parmelee taking that time, but about the same amount of time at DH. And I expect Chris Herrmann and Drew Butera to see about the same amount of time, with Butera getting his time at the start of the year and then Herrmann taking over the backup catcher role by the end of the year.

Tags: Chris Herrmann Drew Butera Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins Ryan Doumit

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