Monday, March 19, 2012

A Match for Quintero?

Buster Olney tweeted out that the Phillies might be in need of a backup catcher, but with a caveat:

Phillies are looking for a backup catcher -- an upgrade over the other backup C candidates they have in their camp.

So the Astros have Jason Castro, Chris Snyder...and Humberto Quintero. Might there be a match? I guess first we need to look and see if Quintero is better than any of their options:

Erik Kratz#
Brian Schneider#
Tuffy Gosewisch*
Steven Lerud*

# - Active Roster
* - Non-Roster Invitees

NameAge2011 PAsAvg/OBP/SLGK:BBCS%

*Triple-A in 2011
**Double-A in 2011

There's really no way to look at Q's splits, and see anything pretty. In 2011, his OPS peaked at .919 on April 14. From May 1-end of season, Quintero hit .228/.237/.297., while the Astros went 18-44 in games where he made an appearance.

Still, Tuffy Gosewisch spent 2011 in Double-A, as did Steven Lerud (and wasn't good). Erik Kratz spent it in Triple-A. Brian Schneider was even worse than Quintero. Nobody here thinks Q is of C1 caliber, but is he a serviceable backup (for $1m?). Maybe. Is there a match? I doubt it, but if Jeff Luhnow gets Domonic Brown for Q, then it will be the GM equivalent of tarring and feathering Ed Wade.

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