Originally Posted by russ99
I vastly prefer offense from a catcher over defense as long as he can work with the pitchers. As far as CS is concerned, that's not just on the catcher, our pitchers are notorious for not holding runners to the bag, especially since Buehrle left, plus even the best guys average 40-48% CS.
There's more to defense than throwing out base runners.
I want the player who handles the ball more than any other player on the field (besides the pitcher) to be a damn good fielder.
Passed balls lead to unearned runs and put undue stress on pitchers, leading to earlier exits and more bullpen innings.
I want great defense behind the plate.