At one time Jarrod Saltalamacchia was the number one catching prospect in the Atlanta Braves system. That was exciting to a point only because at the major league level, Brian McCann was tearing up the league. After spending time journeying with the Texas Rangers, Saltalamacchia now plays for the Boston Red Sox. As he begins his 2013 season, he could be on the cusp of a great follow-up to 2012 or it could be the best he can do.
When you consider that he saw the most playing time yet in his career last season with the Red Sox, the outlook on this upcoming season begins to look promising. Saltalamacchia wasn’t a great prospect for nothing after all. He has offensive potential greater than what he has shown. This season it will be his job to hit the ground running and get ready to offensively show what he is capable of.
For Red Sox fans and coaching staff this could be a very telling season for the future of the catching position. Saltalamacchia is one of those guys who is very easy to like. If he adds to that natural ability the fact of being one of the game’s best catchers he will have a place in baseball infamy as one of the Red Sox favorite sons. That is something any catcher that knows their rich history would be proud of and strives for. I’m sure Saltalamacchia is no different.