Thursday, October 23, 2014

Catcher Defense Without Framing

Yesterday, I presented statistics on catcher defense and ranked MLB catchers on total run saved.  I used five components to arrive at the total:

  • Stopping the running game
  • Pitch blocking
  • Avoiding fielding errors
  • Avoiding throwing errors
  • Pitch framing or receiving

One commenter wanted to see how catchers ranked without the pitch framing.  It makes sense to look at it both ways since pitch framing is a new area and still a work in progress.  So, for those who aren't ready to fully embrace pitch framing metrics or are a little concerned about how they differ from site to site, the ranks based on the first four components are shown in Table 1 below.

Keeping in mind that this table leaves out a lot of a catcher's responsibilities such as receiving pitches and pitches and pitcher management, Alex Avila was the American League leader with 10.9 runs saved.  The MLB leader was Yadier Molina of the Cardinals (12.3).

Table 1: Catcher Runs Saved Leaders (Pitch framing excluded), 2014  
Player
Team
Inn
Running Game
Pitch Blocking
Throwing Errors
Fielding Errors
Total
Yadier Molina
STL
931
5.7
5.2
0.8
0.6
12.3
Alex Avila
DET
1,017
4.3
6.0
0.4
0.1
10.9
Robinson Chirinos
TEX
784
5.7
2.7
0.0
0.5
9.0
Brian McCann
NYY
889
4.9
0.7
0.8
0.6
6.9
Russell Martin
PIT
940
6.8
-0.6
0.0
0.6
6.8
Wilson Ramos
WSN
775
3.1
3.4
0.3
-0.0
6.8
Caleb Joseph
BAL
672
4.7
1.0
0.4
-0.1
6.0
Buster Posey
SFG
929
1.3
4.3
0.3
0.1
6.0
Jonathan Lucroy
MIL
1,182
-1.0
4.8
0.9
0.2
5.0
Rene Rivera
SDP
734
5.2
-0.2
-0.6
-0.0
4.3
Carlos Ruiz
PHI
960
0.1
3.6
0.6
-0.4
3.9
Kurt Suzuki
MIN
1,017
-1.4
3.5
0.4
0.6
3.2
Devin Mesoraco
CIN
936
-0.5
2.5
0.8
0.1
2.9
Salvador Perez
KCR
1,248
1.7
1.2
-0.4
0.3
2.8
Yan Gomes
CLE
1,082
2.9
1.6
-2.0
0.2
2.6
Welington Castillo
CHC
916
3.1
-0.3
0.2
-0.4
2.5
Miguel Montero
ARI
1,152
0.9
2.2
-0.8
-0.8
1.5
Ryan Hanigan
TBR
603
-1.5
1.7
0.6
0.4
1.2
Dioner Navarro
TOR
907
-3.1
2.1
0.5
0.6
0.1
Chris Iannetta
LAA
835
1.2
-2.5
0.7
0.5
-0.1
A.J. Ellis
LAD
773
-0.9
0.6
0.6
-0.5
-0.2
Jose Molina
TBR
628
-0.1
-1.0
0.4
0.4
-0.4
Tyler Flowers
CHW
1,052
1.3
-3.0
-0.1
0.2
-1.7
Jason Castro
HOU
971
-3.4
0.4
0.9
-0.4
-2.5
Hank Conger
LAA
637
-1.5
-0.3
-0.7
-0.1
-2.7
Mike Zunino
SEA
1,121
0.6
-4.9
0.6
0.2
-3.5
Derek Norris
OAK
870
-4.8
0.2
-0.1
0.0
-4.7
Travis d'Arnaud
NYM
909
-3.5
-2.4
-0.9
0.1
-6.7
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
MIA
922
-4.6
-0.2
-2.5
0.1
-7.3
Evan Gattis
ATL
799
-3.1
-4.9
0.1
-0.0
-8.0
Yasmani Grandal
SDP
607
-5.2
-3.3
0.1
-0.1
-8.5
A.J. Pierzynski
BOS/STL
721
-9.2
0.2
-0.0
0.4
-8.6
Wilin Rosario
COL
824
-3.1
-5.2
-0.2
-0.5
-9.0

Data source: Baseball-Reference

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