JPA is a rally killer...he really is...thats the downside, along with his Double A defense...even the Mets preferred a guy who never played an MLB game and was injured half the season last year over a guy who's in the mLB and cost controlled.
That's what everyone thinks of JPA...
Of the 25 catchers last season with at least 350 plate appearances, here is how J.P. ranks:
19th in WAR (18th in WAR per plate appearances).
18th in wRC+ (this is the best hitting stat out there, and J.P. had an 89 wRC+ with the average hitter pre-determined at 100).
18th in wOBA
24th in BB%
3rd in K% (this isn't a good thing).
10th in BsR (fangraphs base-running stat, which would be good if J.P. weren't still a negative contributer in this category).
7th in ISO.
He's above-average in one offensive ability; power. That's it. Overall, he is below-average both at the plate, and behind it.
From the Catchers you listed, a bunch of them split time at first base.
And I don't think JPA will hurt this team as much as you guys think. He's a personality in the clubhouse.
Heck, the Giants had Brandon Crawford and Ryan Theriot/Arias in their lineup.
And Pence was horrible for them in the regular season.
And by the way, those pants, they belong to my dad.And they're not really pants,
If Romero bounces back, we have the best rotation in baseball.
rangers failed once again.....lost hamilton, lost napoli, didn't sign greinke, failed to acquire dickey....
Obviously those stats only go until about July 31 but that's still pretty encouraging stuff.Arencibia, thanks largely to his power– as expected– has perhaps been a more valuable player to the Jays this year than you’d believe, or that you [read: I] probably thought just a few weeks ago. He now sports a .317 wOBA, 97 wRC+ and 1.5 WAR per FanGraphs– which for the moment, amazingly, is higher than qualified catchers Mike Napoli, Ryan Doumit, Jesus Montero, and is equal to Carlos Santana.
I would have given up JPa and thrown in Dan Norris or something.
JPA, Norris, Syndergaard.