McKenry Back With Team

The Rockies agreed to bring Micahel McKenry back for a one-year, $750,000 minor-league deal.  McKenry debuted with the Rockies in 2010 where he only played in six games and went without a hit.  He’s coming from Pittsburgh where he finished three season hitting .226 with 17 home runs.  The thought is that he will be spelling Rosario since Pacheco hasn’t been saddled with behind-the-dish duties as consistently as he should have been over the last few seasons.

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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

Not a horrible move by any stretch. Nothing to really write home about either. So, yeah meh.

So is Yorvit toast or something? I don’t remember any news about him so is it a given that he won’t be back?

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

FanGraphs had an interesting article on pitch framing a couple of weeks ago the contained a ranking of all MLB team’s 2013 pitch “framing.” I don’t remember the details, but the top team(s) stole around 2 strikes per game. The last place MLB team lost 1.5 strikes per game.

The last place team = Rockies.

I had hoped for Kurt Suzuki for this spot.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

sdcarp, interesting point. Pitch framing is the hot sabermetrics topic now. I know Ed the Ump is skeptical about catchers “fooling” him. I think some of the numbers just look exaggerated — for example, Jose Molina is supposed to be saving 35 runs per 120 game season, which is just a ridiculous 3.5 wins or so — but the studies so far do show a real effect. Guess who’s been the second worst pitch framer over recent years? (Ryan Doumit… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I definitely think there’s enough pitch framing data (along with many other various “defensive” metrics) that point to us needing our #2 catcher to be a veteran, “defensive,” pitcher friendly type of guy.

Some folks rolled their eyes when the Rays signed Ryan Hannigan early in the off-season. But he’s a poster child for this “defensive” type of catcher (I use the term “defensive” in a broader sense than just scooping balls in the dirt and throwing out runners).

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

I mentioned Dan Fox, Pirates in-house sabermetrics guy. I never met him when he was in Colorado; just exchanged comments on his blog a few times. And he’s also a great guy who does some very admirable charity work. Here’s a great article about him and the Pirates philosophy — kudos to the Pirates and our old friend Clint Hurdle for embracing change: http://triblive.com/sports/pirates/4661618-74/fox-baseball-computer#axzz2qfYylFVR “Fox does not fit the classic IT stereotype. He is visible. He’s often in the clubhouse.… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

I don’t get it. So the worst direct result from a non-framed pitch is a ball. So indirectly thats 1 more pitch a guy will need to make. A game has 200 pitches a game. An average game might have 10 hits. So thats a hit 1 every 20 pitches. So if a guy mis-frames a pitch 5 times a game that is 1 extra hit every 4 games. Teams score an average of 1 run for every 4 or… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I agree with you that we are over-hyping framing. I look for game calling and controlling the base paths. Framing is just a bonus.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

I’m pretty sure the better pitch framers are also the better defensive catchers in general. You can probably parse out the one metric, but you wouldn’t look for a catcher based on what is more or less a gamesmenship move. Thats like targeting a QB for his ability to draw another team offsides. Certainly a bonus, but hardly relevant in the grand scheme of it all.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

The Rockies are simply keeping the backup catcher seat warm for Tom Murphy or Will Swanner. Think they will be ready for MLB in 2015?

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