Most New York Yankees fans remember the 2017 postseason as an unexpected surprise that ultimately ended with a heartbreaking ALCS loss to the Houston Astros. However, there were smaller moments within that run which have evaded fans’ memories.
One such collection of moments was Gary Sanchez’s faux pas behind the dish. They seem to get “lost in the shuffle” due to the team’s success. It’s fair to say the Yankees, for a decent while, have not hosted the most “sound” or “technical” defensive catching.
Jose Trevino has played a role in changing this narrative in 2022, and could be a dynamic piece of the Yankees’ postseason puzzle thanks to his ability to frame pitches on the edge of the strike zone.
For all of the Yankees’ strengths, they also possess a fair amount of shortcomings. One such weakness is an apparent lack of bullpen depth.
Injuries to names such as Michael King and Chad Green have put the Yanks in a bind this season. Further, Ron Marinaccio will miss at least the ALDS, placing the team in even more hot water. Asa. result, Wandy Peralta, Clay Holmes, Lucas Luetge, and Clark Schmidt will take on much responsibility.
They will need help from the shrewd Trevino, who has mastered the art of framing. Having a catcher that could impact each pitch of an at-bat is a luxury not many teams have.
Jose Trevino’s pitch framing could be a difference-maker for the Yankees in the postseason
Trevino ranks in the 100th percentile in pitch framing. In other words, Trevino can turn “potential balls” into strikes. Pitches on the edges of the strike zone could make or break a starter’s momentum or a reliever’s ability to get out of a jam.
In theory, Trevino tilts the scales in the Yankees’ favor when it comes to getting the calls from the home plate ump.
It is cliché to simply say “every pitch matters” in the postseason, but Trevino is the kind of catcher that ensures the line lives up to the hype. He already proved it in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Guardians. He did it again in Game 4 of the NLDS in the eighth inning, which got Amed Rosario to strike out and prevent further threat.
If the Yankees can enjoy such a game-changing advantage in the ALCS, should they make it and face an aggressive offensive team like the Astros, then