33-year old right swinging Carlos Ruiz continues to improve as a hitter. Ruiz played in 132 games for the Phillies last year and he was 116 for 410 (.283 avg, .754 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 6 homers, 40 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 619 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 495 for 1,866 (.265 avg, .750 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 36 homers, 231 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Ruiz played in 138 games for the Phillies behind the plate last year and he had 4 errors and 8 passed balls. He only threw out 18 of 100 (18%) base stealers last year and Phillies’ pitchers had a 3.06 ERA with him behind the plate. Ruiz is still playing at a high level and he would be one of the hardest players for the Phillies to replace if he got injured.
35-year old lefty swinging Brian Schneider is going to be the backup catcher once again for the Phillies in 2012. Schneider played in 41 games for the Phillies last year and he was 22 for 125 (.176 avg, .502 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. He has now played two years with the Phillies appearing in 88 games in which he is 52 for 250 (.208 avg, .617 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 6 homers and 24 RBIs. Schneider has now played in 1,014 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 761 for 3,076 (.247 avg, .690 OPS) with 275 runs scored, 65 homers, 380 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Schneider played in 40 games behind the plate for the Phillies last year and he had 1 error and 1 passed ball. He threw out only 3 of 23 (13%) base stealers, but Phillies’ pitchers had a 2.88 ERA with him behind the plate last year. The Phillies really like Schneider defensively, they just hope he hits a little bit better in 2012.
31-year old righty swinging Erik Kratz will likely be #3 in line in 2012 for the Phillies at catcher. He played in 6 games for the Phillies last year and he was 2 for 6 (.333 avg, .833 OPS). Kratz has now played in 11 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 6 for 40 (.150 avg, .365 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. He played in 1 game behind the plate for the Phillies last year in which he had 0 errors but 1 passed ball. He was 0 for 1 throwing out base stealers and Phillies’ pitchers had a 3.60 ERA with him behind the plate. Kratz will likely start the 2012 season in AAA-ball.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2012: B