Mar 3, 2015; Ft. Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins catcherMitch Garver
(82) poses during photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Fort Myers’ catching positions look to be filled out by Alex Real, A.J Murray, and as mentioned in the previous slide, Doe or perhaps Olson. Murray hit well with a .774 OPS in 2015 for Elizabethton. He caught 32% of potential base stealers and had a .991 fielding percentage. Real spent 2015 in Cedar Rapids and had a .704 OPS in 257 PAs. His fielding percentage was .990 and he caught 54% of would be base-stealers.
Stuart Turner, Mitch Garver and Alex Swim are slotted to play for Chattanooga next season. All three have been invited to spring training and are on the 40 man roster. Turner is the Twins 18th ranked prospect. It’s possible he could play AAA in 2016 although there are three catchers already slated for Rochester. Turner should play wherever he’ll receive the most playing time. Turner is a defensive catcher with just a .628 OPS last season in Chattanooga.
Garver is more offensive-minded with a .245/.356/.333 slash line but his defence is rapidly improving. Garver spent a fair amount of time at first and DH last year as well. Swim spent the majority of 2015 at first base, DHing or in the outfielder. He slashed .311/.349/.360. Swim’s playing time at catcher depends on whether Turner plays in AA or AAA next year.
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