Catcher Defense

Defense “up the middle” is always discussed when the topic is the most important aspects of a baseball team. Having superior defenders at catcher, middle infield, and centerfield can cover up deficiencies at other positions and really make the pitching staff seem to perform better. It’s obvious that each middle defensive position requires completely different skillsets; center requires speed and proper route running technique while middle infielders require quickness and great hands. Catcher is the most widely misunderstood and difficult for the everyday eye to judge.

Catchers are in a separate world to themselves as far as defensive metrics and how to measure the value of catcher defense.

There are a number of unique defensive skills that catchers need to posses, each skill having potential ability to impact the overall value a catcher’s defense:

arm strength and accuracy, pitch blocking ability, pitch framing ability, and pitch selection. Each of these skills is much different from anything required of any other fielder, in my opinion, making it one of the most intriguing positions in baseball. Continue reading Catcher Defense

An Ace Among Aces- Interview With Justin Nicolino Toronto Blue Jays have one of the richest minor league farm systems in all of baseball and pitching prospects that are second to none. Enter Justin Nicolino the future ace of the Jays who has dominated hitters in his first two seasons in professional baseball.

The native of Orlando, Florida was drafted out of high-school in the 2nd round, 80th overall in the 2010 baseball entry draft.

Nicolino began his professional career with the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League where he posted a 5-1 record with a team leading 64 strikeouts in 52.1 innings pitched and an extraordinary whip of 0.745, The Canadians went on to be crowned the Champions of the Northwest League much in part to stellar pitching by Nicolino. Continue reading An Ace Among Aces- Interview With Justin Nicolino