Is Jarrod Saltalamacchia The Next Star Catcher In Boston Red Sox History?
The Boston Red Sox are known to have catchers that can really produce in their lineup. Carlton Fisk, Jason Varitek, and Victor Martinez are just a few notable former star catchers on the Red Sox roster. Now, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia mainly filling the catching duties the past few seasons, will he be the next star catcher in Red Sox history?
Saltalamacchia has been in the Red Sox organization since the middle of the 2010 season, being acquired from the Texas Rangers for P Roman Mendez, 1B Chris McGuiness and a cash amount of $350,000. The Red Sox actually pursued the backstop in 2008, but the Rangers were asking for the now-ace of the pitching staff Clay Buchholz.
When acquired, Saltalamacchia was optioned to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, where he only played nine games before being called up to the MLB roster.
With a .243 career batting average, consistent hitting is not what Saltalamacchia is known for. He is mainly known for his power. With 25 home runs for the Red Sox is 2012, he flashed his power and also drove in 59 RBIs. He has never completed a full season in the majors, but if he did complete a full 162-game season, his stats would be very strong.
Saltalamacchia has been able to improve his batting average this season up to a decent .269. Although he only has eight home runs and 37 RBIs with only one game left before the All-Star break, he could heat up at the end stages of the season and possibly get to the 20-home run season mark.
Being only 28-years old, Saltalamacchia still has many more seasons left in MLB. Will he show people that he is a force to be reckoned with at the plate? Will he become the next star catcher in Boston Red Sox history? Or will he be surpassed by backup catcher Ryan Lavarnway and become a bust?