Francisco Cervelli. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees Catching On At Catcher


When Russell Martin departed this past off-season, it appeared that The New York Yankees might be in trouble at the catcher position. Perhaps they should not have shipped their biggest minor league asset, Jesus Montero away.

 

Chris Stewart. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

But Francisco Cervelli(.269-3 HR-8 RBI), got the Yankees off to a

great start before going down with an injury. Cervelli’s determination only increased after he was sent to Triple A at the start of last season.

Chris Stewart (.275-2-4) has produced both at the plate and behind it since taking over for Cervelli. He has had a positive effect on the pitching staff. In particular, Ivan Nova seems to have responded well to Stewart’s quarterbacking.

Look for Austin Romine to fill in adequately when needed. His career minor batting average is not spectacular, but is solid at .280.

The thing to remember is that last season Martin’s batting average was at or below .200 for a big part of the season. So, any offensive production the Yankees get out of the catcher position is an improvement over what it was last year at this time.

What is really encouraging is to see home-grown players holding the spot. Jorge Posada and Thurman Munson both made their way through the minor league system. Seeing the Yankees stick to that philosophy is like watching the baton passed from one member of the family to another.

Also, the sting from losing Montero is softened by his slow start this year. He has accounted for only two home runs and seven runs batted in. In total, he has only 17 home runs and 69 RBI since joining Seattle.

 

 

Tags: Austin Romine Chris Stewart Francisco Cervelli New York Yankees

  • Hunter Farman

    Seattle has really been messing with Montero and his hitting mechanics. I almost feel bad for the kid.

  • Far Away Fan

    The problem with this story touting the Yankees home grown catchers is that Chris Stewart isn’t home grown. He’s a product of the Texas Rangers organization and first came up with the Rangers in 2007. From 2008 until 2010 he bounced around from team to team as a AAAA player with brief stints in the majors including with the Yankees in 2008. He played for the Giants in 2011 and came back to the Yankees in a trade just before the start of last season.

    I’m glad that, at least so far, he’s having his best offensive season ever. Everyone knew he could play defense. Nobody knew he could hit.

  • Far Away Fan

    Actually, check that. Stewart was with the White Sox briefly in 2006. So, White Sox prospect -> Rangers -> Yankees -> Padres -> Giants -> Yankees. Definitely not home grown.