Most Major League groups carry two catchers. While protecting a 3rd on the roster, particularly with rosters expanded to 26 gamers, just isn’t like discovering Sasquatch it is definitely not the norm.
The Padres are wanting significantly at doing simply that.
Austin Nola and Victor Caratini are shoe-ins for the Opening Day roster. Heralded teenager Luis Campusano (MLB Pipeline’s forty fifth general prospect and Third-best catching prospect) goes to get an opportunity to push for a spot, as properly. The reasoning behind protecting three backstops?
They’re much more than simply catchers.
“The guys you mentioned, Nola and Caratini, have the flexibility to go to different spots on the infield and Campy, as well, has the ability to play some 1st base, as well,” says Padres supervisor Jayce Tingler.
Nola took up catching within the Fall of 2016. He’s performed 1st base, 2nd base, Third base, left subject and proper subject within the Major Leagues. Oh, and in faculty at LSU he was a ok shortstop that the Tigers moved D.J. Lemahieu, the reigning American League batting champ, from brief over to 2nd.
(*7*) says Nola. “But, in emergency situations or … at any time we need it, I’m doing whatever I can to help the team out. That’s basically my bottom line.”
Caratini additionally performs a number of completely different spots, however his repertoire is a bit of completely different. With the Cubs he is moved to 1st, Third, left subject and proper subject. But Victor additionally has pitching on his resume.
With the Cubs he threw 4 innings in mop-up obligation and two of them had been scoreless outings. Just like Nola, he’ll go wherever he is requested to go, so long as he is within the recreation.
“I played a fair amount of 1st base when I was with the Cubs so the important thing is getting at-bats and being able to help no matter where it is,” says Caratini.
Having two succesful hitters that may mix to play actually each position on the sphere offers the type of roster flexibility that golf equipment dream about.
“We need to be a deep club, we need to be a versatile club, and the more guys we have that can do that … we think all three of those catchers can do that,” says Tingler.
Caratini got here to San Diego within the Yu Darvish commerce, and there is a good cause for that. Victor has come to be generally known as Darvish’s “personal catcher,” a time period that caught on with the Braves 20 years in the past when Greg Maddux most popular throwing to Charlie O’Brien or Eddie Perez than All-Star Javy Lopez.
But what if Nola, a right-handed hitter, is on a scorching streak and the Padres are dealing with a tricky lefty with Darvish on the mound? The Friars would totally entertain the concept of sitting a left-handed bat like Jake Cronenworth or Eric Hosmer and placing Nola on the suitable facet of the infield.
Padres normal supervisor A.J. Preller needed a roster that may win any type of recreation. With this depth and flexibility, he is obtained it.
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