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:

Rate Stats

  • 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)

Counting Stats

  • 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.

Team wRAA
PHI 32.0
SFG 25.5
MIL 22.0
STL 16.3
ARI 13.7
LAD 3.6
ATL 0.7
COL -3.4
PIT -6.7
CIN -7.0
HOU -8.7
WSN -17.4
MIA -19.6
CHC -20.1
NYM -22.5
SDP -23.4

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.

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6 comments

  1. LTG

    August 22, 2012 05:40 PM

    Maybe if we have Dom Brown catch his power will return.

  2. LTG

    August 22, 2012 06:03 PM

    Anyone else cynical about this 90s retro night? They just showed three great moments from the 90s: 2 from 93, none post 93. Yeah, go Phils in the 90s, an otherwise admirable decade.

  3. hk

    August 22, 2012 06:56 PM

    LTG,

    On that note, is it possible that Mickey Morandini is the worst hitter to ever be any franchise’s hit leader for a decade?

  4. LTG

    August 23, 2012 08:53 AM

    I kept racking my brain for a decent hitter who played more than Dykstra. Morandini never crossed my mind because, well, he wasn’t decent. So, yes, it is possible, although I wager the early Mariners have some flubs.

  5. hk

    August 23, 2012 10:28 AM

    LTG,

    The Mariners weren’t around for much of the 70′s, Alvin Davis, who was a good hitter was probably their hits leader in the 80′s, Junior was their hits leader in the 90′s and Ichiro was their hits leader in the 00′s. I’m sure there’s someone out there who led his franchise in hits during a decade and posted an OPS+ < Morandini's 88, but there probably aren't many. While you are correct that Morandini was not a decent hitter, it sure was fun hearing Harry pronounce his name.

  6. LTG

    August 23, 2012 02:09 PM

    Well, then, Cleveland after the fifties and before the nineties.

    Don’t get me wrong, I loved Morandini because he made me believe even I could play professional baseball.

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