We take a look at how the San Diego Padres’ catchers stack up against the rest of the teams in the NL West in this 2020 positional preview.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be taking a look at how the San Diego Padres rank against other NL West teams at various positions.
This will not only be a great exercise to learn more about the competition, but to see just how well the Padres look on paper in the division.
Of course, we know this game is not played on paper, but it’s all we have for now.
We start our journey looking at the catchers in the NL West where three teams in the division finished in the top 15 in WAR last year.
The Arizona Diamondbacks paced the division ranking seventh in baseball with 3.4 WAR from their catchers, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers getting 3.3 WAR from the position.
Next up in the NL West was the San Francisco Giants at 2.5 WAR, which ranked 13th, and then we finally get the Padres at 17th with 1.7 WAR.
Colorado was atrocious behind the dish last year finishing 28th in the league with -1.7 WAR from the catcher position.
When you break it down between offense and defense, the Padres ranked 24th in offense but because of Austin Hedges they ranked fourth in defense.
The Dodgers and Giants also ranked in the top 10 in defense, while the Diamondbacks and Dodgers were the only two teams to finish in the top 10 offensively from the catcher position.
Let’s see how each team stacks up at catcher going into 2020 and then I’ll rank them at the end.