Monday, April 11, 2011

Cannon at Catcher: A Quick Look at Tony Caldwell's Numbers




Sparked by @dmiller1856 and his late afternoon question:



Is any C in the league playing better than TC defensively?



Catching and Fielding is a very hard number to quantify in baseball. The numbers will be skewed and can be easily inflated. Fielding % isn't a hard and fast judge over who is a better catcher. I mean, a guy could have an unblemished F% but that could simply be because he never takes chances in the field. Tony's Fielding Percentage is .975 (6 errors) So I'll look at a few "Catcher Specific" Numbers in the SEC:


Passed balls
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1. Brandon Stephens, UG....... 7
Matt Ramsey, UT............ 7
3. Mike Zunino, UF............ 4
Taylor Hightower, UM....... 4
5. Brady Thomas, SC........... 3
Ethan Bennett, UT.......... 3
Miles Hamblin, UM.......... 3
8. 9 tied at.................. 2

Tony is among that group of "Nine Tied at 2"


Steal attempts against
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1. Brandon Stephens, UG....... 44
2. Ty Ross, LS................ 38
3. Brock Bennett, UA.......... 33
4. Tony Caldwell, AU.......... 30
5. Matt Ramsey, UT............ 29
6. Wes Thigpen, MS............ 28
7. Miles Hamblin, UM.......... 26
James McCann, AR........... 26
9. Michael Williams, UK....... 25
Curt Casali, VU............ 25
11.Mike Zunino, UF............ 21
12.Luke Maile, UK............. 18

Simply put, Tony is among one of the most tested Catchers in the League


Stolen bases against
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1. Brandon Stephens, UG....... 41
2. Ty Ross, LS................ 30
3. Brock Bennett, UA.......... 24
4. Wes Thigpen, MS............ 20
5. Curt Casali, VU............ 19
Miles Hamblin, UM.......... 19
7. James McCann, AR........... 17
8. Michael Williams, UK....... 16
Matt Ramsey, UT............ 16
10.Mike Zunino, UF............ 15
Tony Caldwell, AU.......... 15
12.2 tied at.................. 12

Yet on this list? He drops way down. Showing just how tough it is to run on him.


Which is further evidenced here


Caught stealing by
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1. Tony Caldwell, AU.......... 15
2. Matt Ramsey, UT............ 13
3. Brock Bennett, UA.......... 9
James McCann, AR........... 9
Michael Williams, UK....... 9
6. Wes Thigpen, MS............ 8
Ty Ross, LS................ 8
8. Miles Hamblin, UM.......... 7
9. Curt Casali, VU............ 6
Mike Zunino, UF............ 6
Luke Maile, UK............. 6
12.Taylor Hightower, UM....... 5

Percentage-wise? (Stolen Bases Against/Steal Attempts Against)



  • Tony Caldwell (Auburn) 15/30 (.500)
  • Brandon Stephens (UGA) 41/44 (.930)
  • Ty Ross (LSU) 30/38 (.789)
  • Brock Bennett (Bama) 24/33 (.700)
  • Wes Thigpen (Miss St) 20/28 (.714)
  • Curt Casali (Vandy) 19/25 (.760)
  • Miles Hamblin (Ole Miss) 19/26 (.730)
  • James McCann (Arkansas) 17/26 (.653)
  • Mike Williams (UK) 16/25 (.640)
  • Matt Ramsey (UT) 16/29 (.551)
  • Mike Zunino (UF) 15/21(.714)


Missing from this list would be South Carolina which goes with a platoon occasionally with Brady Thomas taking the bulk of the duties (.750 %)



So, after looking at the numbers? I'd say, Yes. Tony is one of the best Catchers in the League.

2 comments:

Anonymous April 11, 2011 at 2:48 PM  

Just to add a Tidbit. 3 of tonys errors are him throwing down second and no one covering the bag. Error on TC But really are mental errors on as and 2nd.

Anonymous April 11, 2011 at 4:16 PM  

I'd have to double check, but I bet the SS was Zach Alvord. I know I saw one of those E's personally.

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