The Chicago Cubs Have The Best Catching Duo

Yes, you read correctly. I am actually awarding the Chicago Cubs with an award. I’ve got to give credit to the Cubs catchers. What seemed like two misfits at the beginning of 2013, has turned out to be the best 1-2 catching combo in the Majors. (Stats current as of Sept. 9, 2013)

Welington Castillo and Dioner Navarro have put together great offensive numbers and defensive stats. Welington spelt with one “L”, is known more for his defensive style of play. Castillo has thrown out 26 base stealers which is good for 2nd in the MLB behind Russell Martin. Welington is currently the starting catcher and is only 26-years-old. He may not have as much power as Navarro but I’ll take any catcher hitting above .260. This is the first year Castillo has played more than 60 games and has played for the Cubs in parts of 4 seasons.

I don’t have enough good things to say about Dioner Navarro. He is the definition of a clutch hitter. The way he has been playing this year, with limited opportunities, I would easily let him or Castillo be the starting catcher. Navarro and Castillo are both under 6’0″ and over 200 lbs. Dioner has been tossed around to five teams including the Yankees, Dodgers, Rays and Reds. He was an All-Star in 2008 and his numbers are much better this year. The Venezuelan is now 29-years-old with 9 years of experience under his belt. Navarro is currently batting above .300 which is good for 4th in the MLB for catchers with more than 200 at bats.

Of course, these are not the first catchers I would pick in fantasy pool and probably not even in my top 10, but Castillo and Navarro are, in my eyes, the best catching combo of the 2013 season. Looking around the league, other teams have better starting catchers, but no team has a better 1-2 knockout like the Cubs. The only team I considered was the Atlanta Braves, but the inconsistency from Evan Gattis, put Chicago over the top. The Cubs have very few bright spots this year and I guess you could say this is the only positive offensively for Chicago.

Here are the side-by-side stats for the two catchers.

Catcher Games Played Hits Home Runs RBI Batting AVG. Height Weight (lbs.) Caught Stealing
Welington Castillo 105 94 4 25 .268 5’10” 210 26
Dioner Navarro 45 61 12 31 .305 5’9″ 205 11

             

Welington Castillo                                                                   Dioner Navarro

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2013 MLB Predictions

AL East       NL East    
Team  Wins Loses   Team  Wins Loses
1. Tampa Bay 98 64 1.   Atlanta 96 66
2. New York Y. 89 73 2. Washington 90 72
3. Toronto 83 79 3.   Miami 84 78
4. Baltimore 79 83 4.   Philadelphia 77 85
5. Boston 67 95 5.   New York M. 75 87
  AL   Central       NL   Central    
Team  Wins Loses   Team  Wins Loses
1. Detroit 101 61 1.   Cincinnati 100 62
2. Kansas City 83 79 2.   St. Louis 83 79
3. Chicago W. 82 80 3.   Milwaukee 82 80
4. Cleveland 70 92 4.   Pittsburgh 80 82
5. Minnesota 66 96 5.   Chicago C. 59 103
  AL   West       NL   West    
Team  Wins Loses   Team  Wins Loses
1. Texas 90 72 1.   Los Angeles D. 97 65
2. Los Angeles A. 85 77 2.   San Francisco 96 66
3. Oakland 82 80 3.   Arizona 88 74
4. Seattle 76 86 4.   Colorado 77 85
5. Houston 57 105 5.   San Diego 75 87
Home runs       Wins    
Player Team  Home runs Pitcher Team Wins
1. Ryan Braun Milwaukee 47 1. David Price Tampa Bay 23
2. Miguel Cabrera Detroit 44 2. R.A. Dickey New York M. 21
3. Josh Hamilton Texas 42 3. Jered Weaver Los Angeles A. 21
4. Giancarlo Stanton Miami 41 4. Cole Hamels Philadelphia 20
5. Adam Dunn Chicago W. 39 5. Gio Gonzalez Washington 19
6. Edwin Encarnacion Toronto 39 6. Justin Verlander Detroit 19
7. Mark Trumbo Los Angeles A 37 7. Matt Cain San Francisco 18
8. Jose Bautista Toronto 37 8. A.J. Burnett Pittsburgh 18
9. Jay Bruce Cincinnati 35 9. Johnny Cueto Cincinnati 17
10. Curtis Granderson New York Y. 34 10. Chris Sale Chicago W. 17
11. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh 33 11. Yu Darvish Texas 17
12. Adrian Beltre Texas 31 12. Tim Lincecum San Francico 16
13. Josh Willingham Minnesota 30 13. Mat Latos Cincinnati 16
14. Mike Trout Los Angeles A 30 14. Yovani Gallardo Milwaukee 16
15. Carlos Beltran St. Louis 30 15. James Shields Tampa Bay 16