Who would have thought that back up catcher would be such a hot-botton topic this season. The Tigers picked up both Matt Treanor and Gerald Laird to play catcher before the season started, and at least half of that tandem has worked out.
The Tigers called up prospect Alex Avila from AA to play back up catcher and Dusty Ryan was sent right back down to where he came from.
I think it may be a bit quick for Avila to get the call, Ian said it reminded him a bit of the Cameron Maybin call up, but here’s a depressing look at the Tigers catchers other than Laird:
- Dane Sardinha: 12 games, .097/.091/.129, 16 strikeouts in 31 at-bats, -43 OPS+
- Matt Treanor: 4 games, .000/.071/.000, -79 OPS+
- Dusty Ryan: 11 games, .160/.276/.200, 11 strikeouts in 25 at-bats, 28 OPS+
Avila has posted decent numbers in the minors but I just don’t see the point in rushing the guy. He has spent the entire season at AA Erie and is hitting .265 with 12 HR in 93 games. Avila hits from the left side, which is obviously a bonus, but the guy has 542 minor league at-bats since he was drafted by the Tigers. Granted, he did go to college, so he is 22 years old.
We could see the young fella in a game as early as tonight. I guess he can’t do any worse that the trio that went before him.