Friday, March 30, 2007

The catcher(s) in the rye

Even if Chad Moeller comes north, do the Reds really have three catchers?

David Ross is the Reds' starting catcher. Moeller is an adequate back-up.

Javier Valentin is a catcher by trade, but in reality he's a back-up first baseman and the club's top pinch hitter leading them in pinch-hits (12), pinch-homers (4, one-shy of the club record) and RBI (12) last season.

Late-spring injuries forced the Reds' hand in this respect.

Besides, I think too much is made about which players make the Opening Day roster. The Reds roster in April likely will be barely a shadow of itself by August.

1 comment:

Chris at Redleg Nation said...

Scott Hatteberg is a fine "emergency" catcher. I'm more worried about the emergency CF on the days where Griffey is "day to day" and Freel is nicked up.