Breaking Down the Red Sox Catchers


The catching position is dear to my heart.  Most of my playing days were from behind the plate.  I started catching more than other positions when I was 9 and exclusively played the position starting again from 10 until I hung up the cleats.  I am a golfer now by the way.  In my opinion there is no cooler position in sports.  You are part of every play.  You are the only position that can see the entire field, and as a catcher you can strategize in a way that most positions just do not.  This is not a walk down memory lane, this is another edition of the Boston Sports Syndicate’s position group breakdown. 

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Christian Vazquez

Vazquez has become one of the most well-rounded catchers in the American League.  Highly touted for his defense as he rose through the Red Sox system, Christian has also become a decent threat at the plate.  In 2019, the backstop swatted 49 home runs plus doubles, and he batted a very respectable .276.  There is no question that Christian will anchor this pitching staff and boost them in anyway he can behind the plate.  Vazquez is growing into a real leadership position on this team.  Not to mention he can pimp a home run as cool as anyone.  If Vazquez can repeat his 2019 success for this year’s team than he will be that extra punch at the end of the lineup.  And remember ALL teams will have a DH so lineup depth will have a little extra importance this season.

Kevin Plawecki

The former first round draft selection has never really lived up to his prospect status.  Plawecki has only hit 17 career home runs and his career batting average is a tad over the Mendoza line.  But he is only 29, and sometimes it takes catchers longer to develop at the plate.  In no way do I think Plawecki will become a superstar, but I can see him becoming a solid back up for the BoSox.  And for $900 K he comes with very little risk.  Plawecki has always been a good defensive player (an obvious similarity on this Red Sox roster) which is exactly the type of player you want as a back up to Vazquez. 

Jonathan Lucroy

The 34-year-old catcher signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox this past February.  Boston will be the 7th stop for the veteran in his career.  The former all-star has not been the player that he was in Milwaukee for some time, but Lucroy still believes he can help a big-league club.  Jonathan Lucroy will provide some depth at the catcher position and in the locker room.  He has been around and can offer some expertise to some of the other players.  Lucroy has always been solid behind the dish and is still an elite pitch framer, so having him on the roster will have some benefits.  Just like Plawecki, Lucroy will be waiting nervously to see if he makes the Opening Day roster.  And who knows maybe the veteran backstop can catch fire (pun intended) at the plate in this condensed schedule.   

The catching position is very clear at the top but is certainly murkier as you continue down the roster.  Will Boston carry three catchers?  If not, who will they choose between Plawecki and Lucroy?  These questions will be answered very soon as we creep into Opening Day 2.0. 

WOW I CAN’T BELIEVE THE MLB IS BACK THIS WEEK!!!!  Sorry, I am very excited.

OH! And before I forget…GO HEROES GO!

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Breaking Down the Red Sox Catchers
Breaking Down the Red Sox Catchers
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