33-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 season after he tested positive for PEDs. Ruiz played in 114 games for the Phillies last year and he was 121 of 372 (.325 avg, .935 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 16 homers, 68 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Ruiz played in 106 games (95 starts) behind the plate for the Phillies last year and he had 6 errors and 5 passed balls. Ruiz also threw out 21 of 85 (24.7%) runners trying to steal on him last year and Phillies’ pitchers had a 4.12 ERA with him behind the dish. Ruiz has now played in 733 games in his first 7 years with the Phillies and he is 616 of 2,238 (.275 avg, .781 OPS) with 274 runs scored, 52 homers, 299 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. 32-year old Erik Kratz will likely be the Phillies’ starting catcher until Ruiz is ready to return to action. Kratz played in 50 games for the Phillies last year and he was 35 of 141 (.248 avg, .809 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 9 homers and 26 RBIs. He played in 41 games (38 starts) behind the dish for the Phillies last year and he had 1 error and 3 passed balls. Kratz threw out a very impressive 12 of 30 (40%) runners trying to steal on him last year and pitchers had a 3.43 when throwing to him. Kratz has now played in 61 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 41 of 181 (.227 avg, .712 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 9 homers and 27 RBIs. The Phillies hope that Kratz can handle a heavy workload until Ruiz returns to action. 33-year old righty swinging Humberto Quintero played in 43 games for the Royals last year and he was 32 of 138 (.232 avg, .598 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 19 RBIs. He played in 43 games (40 starts) behind the plate for the Royals last year and he had 5 errors and 2 passed balls. He threw out 11 of 43 base stealers (25.6%) last year and Royals’ pitchers had a 4.11 ERA with him behind the dish. Quintero will likely be Kratz’ backup until Ruiz returns to action. 22-year old righty swinging Sebastian Valle came into last season as the Phillies’ #3 prospect heading into the 2012 season according to Baseball America. He played in 105 games in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 98 of 388 (.253 avg, .699 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 17 homers and 58 RBIs. Valle has now played in 510 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 502 of 1,875 (.268 avg, .735 OPS) with 220 runs scored, 49 homers, 270 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Valle c0uld beat out Kratz for the starting job to start the 2013 season for the Phillies, if he has a really strong spring. But, they won’t let him sit on the bench. If he doesn’t beat out Kratz, he will start the 2013 season in AAA-ball.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013: C+