Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Cubs Are Shifting Focus To Defense With Current Catchers

Pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. #62 and catcher Yan Gomes #7 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 at PNC Park on September 22, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(Picture by Justin Okay. Aller/Getty Photographs)


Willson Contreras had spoiled the Chicago Cubs together with his mixture of energy batting and strong protection.

Whereas Contreras had his points with grounding out, he gave the crew some strong RBI manufacturing as a catcher.

Nevertheless, the crew made their choice to maneuver on from the star catcher for 2023.

As a substitute, the crew is specializing in two catchers they signed in the course of the offseason to fill the catcher place.

These gamers are Tucker Barnhart and Yan Gomes.

Gomes has been with the Cubs since final season whereas the Cubs acquired Barnhart this offseason.

Nevertheless, they’re extra identified for his or her protection than offensive manufacturing.

Whereas Gomes has manufacturing on the plate, he hasn’t performed over 110 video games because the 2018 season.

It was throughout that season the place he made his solely All-Star look.

For Barnhart, he’s a two time Gold Glove Award winner, which he received with the Cincinnati Reds.

Nevertheless, he’s not the facility hitter that Contreras was in Chicago.

With two fewer years within the majors, Contreras has 13 extra hits, eight extra doubles, and 65 extra residence runs over Barnhart.

In comparison with Gomes, who has 708 extra plate appearances over Contreras, the numbers are nonetheless tight.

The 35-year-old catcher solely has eight extra residence runs over his former teammate, and solely 37 extra doubles.

Nevertheless, for the Cubs, they seem to need a stronger exhibiting on protection with their catching choices.

Whereas this is smart with their different signings this offseason, the transfer nonetheless hurts followers.

When the 2023 MLB season will get into full swing, followers will see if the transfer at catcher was the proper alternative.

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