Romine spent the accomplished four years on the amiss end of a catcher army with the Yankees, but he should be the capital man in his new accoutrement in Detroit. He’s a career .239/.281/.366 hitter, admitting the Tigers are acquisitive he provides a echo of aftermost year’s .281/.310/.439 campaign. In FanGraphs WAR since the alpha of 2018, Romine ranks 22nd amid the 34 catchers with at atomic 500 bowl appearances.
Eric Haase may accept article to say about this actuality Romine’s job to lose, though. He’s not a guy who hits for average, but Haase swatted 76 home runs over the accomplished three seasons—all but one of them at either the Double-A or Triple-A akin in Cleveland’s acreage system.
24. Danny Jansen/Reese McGuire, Toronto Blue Jays
Jansen and McGuire had a combined FanGraphs WAR of 2.6 last season, which is ambiguous top-10 as far as teamwide assembly from the catcher position is concerned.
The botheration is anniversary one has shortcomings. Jansen hit 13 home runs and was a additional on defense, but he alone batted .207. McGuire was bigger in the boilerplate administration (.299), but he wasn’t abundant of a slugger throughout his accessory alliance career (22 home runs in 2,239 bowl appearances). He does accept seven dingers in 138 MLB bowl appearances, but we’ll see if he can advance a amount anywhere abutting to that over the continued haul.
23. Robinson Chirinos, Texas Rangers
Chirinos is crumbling added alluringly than best catchers. He’ll about-face 36 in June, but he has hit at atomic 17 home runs in anniversary of the aftermost three seasons. Also, all four of his career baseborn bases came during that window.
But he’s not hitting able-bodied abundant to be a DH, and he has become a cogent accountability abaft the plate. Chirinos accustomed 98 baseborn bases over the accomplished two years with a bent burglary allotment of aloof 15.5.
If he hits 17 home runs again, acceptance about one baseborn abject every two amateur won’t be the end of the world. If he starts to regress, though, Texas’ advancement is an alike earlier Jeff Mathis (37) who has a career batting boilerplate of .195 and hasn’t hit added than two home runs in a division back 2013.
22. Jason Castro, Los Angeles Angels
Castro was an All-Star in 2013, hitting 18 home runs and batting .276/.350/.485.
He’s still accouterment amount on an anniversary abject but not about as much.
Castro has clubbed at atomic 10 home runs in bristles of the accomplished six seasons; however, he has a .220 batting boilerplate with a strikeout amount aloof arctic of 30 percent. His appulse on aegis ailing in 2015 and 2016, and he wasn’t a cogent blackmail in 2019 to bandy out abject stealers or to ambush out from abaft the bowl on bunts and dribblers.
The Angels didn’t get annihilation from their abiding of catchers aftermost year, though, so they active this adept chargeless abettor to a one-year accord for about $7 million.
21. Carson Kelly, Arizona Diamondbacks
Like Pittsburgh’s Jacob Stallings, Kelly didn’t hit his aboriginal four-bagger until this accomplished season. But he mashed 18 of them in 365 bowl appearances. He additionally displayed solid bowl discipline, cartoon walks in 13.2 percent of PAs. (Worth acquainted that 10 of his 48 bases on assurance were intentional, as he spent best of his time batting eighth in the NL.)
Prior to aftermost season, he had a career batting boilerplate of .154 and a .188 slugging allotment in three seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. With any luck, his additional division in Arizona will attending abundant added like 2019 than 2016-18.
Should Kelly falter, though, Stephen Vogt is a solid backup, and Daulton Varsho is cat-and-mouse in the wings as a awful admired anticipation who hit .301/.378/.520 with 18 home runs and 21 baseborn bases in Double-A brawl aftermost year.