Drew Butera, Steve Holm both in Twins' plans to fill in at catcher
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#1 Apr 16, 2011
Last season Butera's OBP was .236 not .296, which was his slugging percentage.
Butera is a fielding catcher per excellence, better than Mauer, there's no doubt about it. He has saved the Twins a lot of runs. It's simply that he makes an out over 75 percent of the time when he bats. Holm made a nice play last night for the double-play to Morneau, but he doesn't throw to second as well as Butera...few catchers do. Holm, however, is a guy who can draw the walk and occasionally deliver the big hit. It will be interesting to at least see whether he can contribute.
#2 Apr 16, 2011
"per" should read "par." Apologies.
#3 Apr 16, 2011
A silver lining from Friday nights poor performance in Tampa Friday was Butera's arm strength. The Rays tried to run on him and he shut that down with his gun of an arm quick. Not much else positive though Morneau got robbed of an excellent shot to left center. Fuld the Rays LF ran down a ball that Young wouldn't have even have come close to with his slow-footed ways.
#4 Apr 17, 2011
Butera isn't the answer and trading our 'future' catcher last year was a HUGE mistake.
Capps isn't doing better the Nathan.
Mauer's catching days are coming to a close/should already be done.
Why aren't you running and bunting more with the guys that can run since we aren't hitting.
Letting one bullpen guy go is one thing. Letting four go and thinking it was going to be fine?
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