Graph of the Intermittent Time Period
It should come as no surprise that the Phillies are vastly ahead of every other team in baseball in offensive production from the catcher position. Before finding himself on the disabled list, Carlos Ruiz was posting MVP-caliber numbers, including a 154 OPS+. As soon as Ruiz went down, though, another incredibly productive catcher popped up for the Phillies in Erik Kratz, who has a 183 OPS+ in 26 games. 14 of his 19 hits have gone for extra bases. The lone wolf is Brian Schneider and his 76 OPS+.
Just how much production have the Phillies received from their catchers compared to the rest of Major League Baseball? Before we look at a pretty bar graph, let’s look at the ranks:
- Batting average: .311 (1st)
- On-base percentage: .377 (1st)
- Slugging percentage: .546 (1st)
- On-base plus slugging (OPS): .924 (1st)
- Weighted on-base average (wOBA): .391 (1st)
- Doubles: 40 (1st)
- Home runs: 20 (7th; 3rd in NL)
- Extra-base hits: 60 (1st)
- Runs batted in: 75 (4th)
- Strikeouts (fewest): 67 (4th)
This chart shows each team’s weighted runs above average (wRAA) from their catchers.
The difference between the Phillies and Padres, just in terms of offensive production from their catchers, is about 55 runs, or roughly five and a half wins. Both Ruiz and Kratz’s seasons to date are total aberrations and we are very unlikely to ever see them approach this level of offense again, so it’s a good time to sit back and appreciate just how good they both have been in 2012.