• Jun

    The Orioles could use an upgrade at backup catcher

    There may be bigger issues with the Orioles than back up catcher, but it's amazing how awful Taylor Teagarden's bat has been for the Orioles.

    Since 2009, Teagarden has hit .156/.230/.291/.520 with 77 strikeouts in 202 major league PAs. He clearly is not here for his offense, but his defense is not so stellar that the Orioles can't find an upgrade. Really, I think Showalter just like his pitch calling and values that over offense.

    2013 ERA while catching (not counting today)
    Snyder: 2.60
    Teagarden: 2.80
    Wieters: 4.83    

    Teagarden: 4.50
    Wieters: 3.79

    Teagarden was worse than Wieters last year, but better this year. I don't know why Buck likes him so much, but I do know that Teagarden does not have a major league bat and I can't imagine it would be tough to replace him. Chris Snyder, who the Orioles DFA'd when Teagarden returned from his annual DL trip, has a much better bat, throws out runners about the same as Teagarden, and at least for this year, calls a better game.

    I really don't understand the love for Teagarden by Showalter, but I do know it's good to be a Buck guy.

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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.