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Chicago Cubs MLB News - Cubs Baseball Blog » 2013 » January » 31

Catcher will be a timeshare for the Chicago Cubs in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 31 January 2013 at 7:57 am

25-year old righty swinging Welington Castillo and 28-year old switch-hitting Dioner Navarro will likely split P.T. behind the plate for the Cubs in 2013.  I don’t think it will be a straight platoon as the Cubs want to play Castillo more than Navarro in 2013.  Castillo played in 52 games for the Cubs last year and he was 45 of 170 (.265 avg, .754 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 5 homers and 22 RBIs.  He played in 49 games (46 starts) behind the plate for the Cubs last year and he had 7 errors and 4 passed balls.  He also threw out 7 of 40 base stealers (17.5%) and Cubs’ pitchers had a 4.83 with him behind the dish.  Castillo has now played in 63 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 53 of 203 (.261 avg, .750 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 6 homers and 27 RBIs.  Dioner Navarro played in 24 games for the Reds last year and he was 20 for 69 (.290 avg, .755 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 12 RBIs.  He played in 21 games (16 starts) behind the plate for the Reds last year and he had 1 error and 1 passed ball.  He threw out 1 of 6 (16.7%) base stealers and pitchers had a 2.78 ERA with him behind the dish.  Navarro has now played in 626 games in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 493 of 2,011 (.245 avg, .663 OPS) with 208 runs scored, 41 homers, 209 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  26-year old lefty swinging Steve Clevenger will only make the opening day roster for the Cubs if Castillo or Navarro get injured.  Clevenger played in 69 games for the Cubs last year and he was 40 for 199 (.201 avg, .537 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 1 homer and 16 RBIs.  He played in 51 games (49 starts) behind the plate for the Cubs last year and he had 4 errors and 4 passed balls.  He only threw out 6 of 51 (11.8%) base stealers last year and Cubs’ pitchers had a 4.47 ERA with him behind the dish.  33-year old righty swinging J.C. Boscan will likely split time in AAA-ball with Steve Clevenger when the 2013 season begins.  Boscan played in 6 games for the Braves last year and he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .400 OPS) with 2 RBIs.  He also played in 70 games in AAA-ball for the Braves last year and he was 42 of 222 (.189 avg, .548 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 3 homers, 23 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Boscan played in 6 games (2 starts) behind the plate for the Braves last yera and he had 1 error and 0 passed balls.  He was 0 for 3 in throwing out base stealers and pitchers had a 3.72 ERA with him behind the plate.  Boscan has now played in 11 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 5 for 19 (.263 avg, .563 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013:  C-

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