Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Jake Fox Should Be Backup Catcher

The Orioles bats have been on fire these first three spring training games, with another 6-5 victory today over the Phillies. A big reason for these three victories has been the one and only Jake Fox.

Jake Fox has 4 hits through three games, a .571 batting average. He has really been hitting the ball well since spring training started (Remember he reported with pitchers and catchers so he has been here a little longer).

-I have come to the conclusion that Jake Fox should be the backup catcher over Craig Tatum, and I honestly don't think I need to see anything else for me to sway from this conclusion. There are a few reasons I think he has the upper hand and deserves it:


1.  He is clearly a better hitter than Craig Tatum, although Tatum did surprise many with his hitting last year. But in all honesty, Fox brings a much scarier bat to the plate. He has much more power than Tatum and can be a gap-to-gap hitter as well.

2. He can play multiple positions, and therefore free up a roster spot for a 5th Outfielder, extra Reliever, or Utility man. Fox plays 1st, Catcher, 3rd and OF. I think this is the most obvious reason why Jake Fox is so valuable for the Orioles. It may come down to where Showalter feels that we need an extra player (injuries happen), and instead of having to make the tough decision of what Catcher to drop, they can just jettison another bench player down much easier.

3. He has a strong relationship and good connection with the young pitchers. For example, today he was attributed with calming the nerves of Zach Britton down, whom was making his spring training debut against a tough Phillies squad. This is a big deal to me because of how often a backup catcher gets to play. They really are important, and if Fox can help the young pitchers grow even further, than they need him in Baltimore. I am not saying Craig Tatum does not do this, but Tatum does not have the first two points on his resume.


Overall, I really think Fox is the better pick for backup catcher. Lets see if the team thinks so too.

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