Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Punxsutawney Powerhouse

There are good reasons the Reds will (and should) give Devin Mesoraco, despite all the injuries, every chance to succeed in 2017 (besides the $20 million he's still owed over the next two years). It was only three short years ago that he was the 2nd-best hitting catcher in all of baseball:

Rk Player Rbat Tm G HR RBI BA OBP
1 Buster Posey 30.3 SFG 147 22 89 .311 .364
2 Devin Mesoraco 27.0 CIN 114 25 80 .273 .359
3 Jonathan Lucroy 25.7 MIL 153 13 69 .301 .373
4 Russell Martin 22.0 PIT 111 11 67 .290 .402
5 Yan Gomes 11.6 CLE 135 21 74 .278 .313
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Generated 2/15/2017.


Not only that, Devin had by far the best season by a Reds catcher in the AJB (After Johnny Bench) era. In the 86 years BJB (Before Johnny Bench), only Ernie Lombardi had a better season - once, and Lombardi won the batting title and the NL MVP.


Best Seasons by a Reds Catcher - BJB (Before Johnny Bench, 1882-1967)


Rk Player WAR/pos Year
1 Ernie Lombardi 5.7 1938
2 Ed Bailey 4.8 1956
3 Bubbles Hargrave 4.7 1923
4 Bubbles Hargrave 4.0 1926
5 Ernie Lombardi 3.9 1940
6 Ed Bailey 3.8 1959
7 Ray Mueller 3.8 1944
8 Ernie Lombardi 3.8 1936
9 Ed Bailey 3.6 1957
10 Johnny Edwards 3.5 1965
11 Ernie Lombardi 3.5 1935
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Generated 2/15/2017.


Best Seasons by a Reds Catcher - AJB (After Johnny Bench, 1981-2016)


Rk Player WAR/pos Year
1 Devin Mesoraco 4.8 2014
2 Jason LaRue 2.8 2005
3 Jason LaRue 2.5 2004
4 Bo Diaz 2.4 1987
5 Ryan Hanigan 2.3 2010
6 Bo Diaz 2.3 1986
7 Ryan Hanigan 2.0 2012
8 David Ross 1.8 2006
9 Jason LaRue 1.8 2003
10 Ryan Hanigan 1.6 2011
11 Benito Santiago 1.6 1995
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Generated 2/15/2017.


Solely on the strength of that tremendous 2014 season, Devin is, so far, the best Reds catcher of his generation:

Generation   Player           WAR
National     Jim Keenan        6.5
American     Heinie Peitz     15.3
Deadball     Bubbles Hargrave 18.5
Liveball     Ernie Lombardi   31.3
G.I.         Ray Mueller      10.1
Silent       Ed Bailey        18.8
Boom         Johnny Bench     75.0
Generation X Jason LaRue       8.9
Millennial   Devin Mesoraco    3.6

4 comments:

  1. I really think Devin could be great and maintain theses numbers if he stayed healthy. -Nix

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  2. We saw one of his epic games from that year, at Wrigley: 2 walks, 2 HBP, and a grand slam.

    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2014/B06230CHN2014.htm

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  3. I won't forget that grand slam, it's amazing how soon the cubs bought their World Series after

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