2004 Florida Marlins Infield Preview: Catcher

2003 team leader Pudge Rodriguez was allowed to leave via free agency. The Marlins believe that Ramon Castro is ready to step up. Will this position of strength now become a weakness? Marlins Insider examines the Marlins catcher position and makes predictions for the 2004 season.

Catcher:
Overview
For most teams, it is not customary to carry three catchers on their 24 man roster. But that is just what the Marlins did in 2003. The reason why? The front office wanted their young catching prospect, Ramon Castro, to watch and learn from one of the games all time great backstops in Pudge Rodriguez. In 2003, Castro made 40 game appearances and had 53 ABs. In those 53 ABs, Ramon made a good enough impression on the Marlins management for them to believe that he is ready for his chance to take over the catching job full time. In 2003, Castro hit .283 with 5 homers and 8 RBIs. Veteran Mike Redmond will once again be called upon to handle the backup catching duties.

Player Analysis:
Ramon Castro
Vital Stats:
DOB: March 1, 1976
Birth Place: Veracruz, Mexico
Height: 6'3 Weight: 225
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Batting: Throughout his time in the minors, Castro was not looked upon as a good hitting prospect. In fact, during his early times in the minor leagues with the Houston Astros organization he was considered a below average hitter. Then in 1999, after his trade to the Marlins and subsequent promotion to Triple A, something just seemed to click for him. During his three Triple A seasons, Castro hit a combined .307 and 56 homeruns. His best year came in 2001 when he hit .336 with 27 homers and 90 RBIs. Ramon has continued his success with the bat in his part time role with the Marlins. While no one expects for Castro to replace Pudge's offensive production in 2004, there is good reason to suspect that he won't be too far off.
Defense: Because of Ramon's success with the bat during his time with the big club, most Marlins fans do not realize that Castro was considered one of the best defensive catchers in all of minor league baseball. Castro moves well in the box and has above average technique in stopping short hops. He also has big, soft hands and a cannon for an arm. Believe it or not, look for the Marlins to have improved defensive play in 2004 from the catcher position. Pudge is one of the all-time great defensive catchers but his skills were in noticeable decline in the 2003 season. One area of concern for a young, inexperienced catcher is pitch calling and the handling of pitchers.

It must also be noted that Ramon Castro is facing sexual assault charges and was ordered to stand trial on May 3rd in Pittsburgh, PA.

2004 Projections:

Year

Team

AVG

AB

R

HR

RBI

2B

3B

SB

BB

SO

2004

Florida

.265

425

55

16

65

28

0

0

45

80



Mike Redmond
Vital Stats:
DOB: May 5, 1972
Birth Place: Seattle, Washington
Height: 5'11 Weight: 210
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Batting:
Redmond is not a guy you would want to be your starting catcher day in and day out. However, he is a more than adequate backup catcher, maybe one of the best guys in the majors specifically filling that role. Redmond is a solid hitter who consistently makes good contact. He doesn't have homerun power but he does have good gap power. Redmond is extremely effective against left-handed pitching. In 2003, Red hit .314 against lefties. Redmond can be counted on for solid production on a part time basis.
Defense:
Once again, Redmond is a solid but unspectacular fielder who can more than adequately fill in on a part time basis. One area that Red does extremely well is game calling and handling pitchers. Having Redmond on the field is like having a coach out there with you. In fact, look for Redmond to one day become a coach or even a manager somewhere.
2004 Projection

Year

Team

AVG

AB

R

HR

RBI

2B

3B

SB

BB

SO

2004

Florida

.280

115

13

1

14

8

0

0

15

18

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