2013 Phillies Report Card: Erik Kratz

The Phillies have had trouble finding and bringing up catchers since signing Carlos Ruiz as a free agent out of Panama back in 1998. Catchers to have appeared on their top prospect lists only to fizzle out — either with the Phillies or elsewhere — include Jason Jaramillo, Lou Marson, Sebastian Valle, and Tommy Joseph (at least for now). They also traded away the one catching prospect that looks promising, Travis D’Arnaud, to the Blue Jays. Even when it came to back-up catchers, the Phillies have often struck out. For instance, in three years with the Phillies back-up catcher Brian Schneider posted a .622 OPS, good for an adjusted OPS of 68, 32 points below average.

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