Minnesota Twins Top 10 Catchers

In their 56 seasons of baseball in Minnesota the Twins have had 71 different players don the tools of ignorance and squat down behind the plate to catch a major league pitcher. Two those 71 players only caught in one inning of one game. Cesar Tovar did it when owner Calvin Griffith had him play every position in a game in 1968 as a gimmick and  manager Tom Kelly had Jeff Reboulet catch the ninth inning in a 1995 game against the Royals in the Metrodome. It wasn’t an easy inning for Reboulet either, as he caught two different pitchers as the Royals sent 12 men to the plate and scored 6 runs on 6 hits not to mention 2 walks and a wild pitch.

With the Minnesota 2017 TwinsFest going on I thought it would be a good time to rank the Twins catchers. The Twins have been looking for an everyday catcher ever since Joe Mauer hung up his catcher’s mitt after the 1993 season due to a variety of injuries the most serious of which were his concussion problems. Kurt Suzuki filled in since then but he too has moved on. The Twins Top 10 Catchers list ranks the catchers by B-R WAR statistics. Player must have appeared in at least 51% of his games as a catcher to qualify for this list.

Joe Mauer

Rk Player WAR/pos G From To Age AB H HR RBI SB BA OPS
1 Joe Mauer 50.0 1590 2004 2016 21-33 5919 1826 130 804 50 .308 .837
2 Butch Wynegar 15.2 794 1976 1982 20-26 2746 697 37 325 8 .254 .682
3 Earl Battey 14.3 853 1961 1967 26-32 2762 768 76 350 8 .278 .765
4 Brian Harper 13.4 730 1988 1993 28-33 2503 767 48 346 7 .306 .773
5 A.J. Pierzynski 9.4 430 1998 2003 21-26 1428 430 26 193 6 .301 .788
6 George Mitterwald 6.0 514 1966 1973 21-28 1578 377 50 176 9 .239 .676
7 Glenn Borgmann 5.0 442 1972 1979 22-29 1207 277 14 137 4 .229 .630
8 Tim Laudner 3.2 734 1981 1989 23-31 2038 458 77 263 3 .225 .682
9 Terry Steinbach 3.1 347 1997 1999 35-37 1207 309 30 150 8 .256 .719
10 Kurt Suzuki 3.0 368 2014 2016 30-32 1230 323 16 160 0 .263 .680
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/28/2017.
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Anybody on this list surprise you? 

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5 Responses to Minnesota Twins Top 10 Catchers

  1. Jim H says:

    Battey was better then Wyneger, both offensively and defensively. Harper has always been underrated. Lauder barely belongs on this list at all, he couldn’t hit and wasn’t all that special defensively. Somehow, I barely remember Borgman.

  2. Rosterman says:

    I might sneak Dave Engle in there. You can’t fault average to Zimmerman and Roof, both who held down the fort (as did Blanco the year Mauer was gone). Redmond and Prince were stud when they got the chance. Russ Nixon was great but hardly got into games. Man, the Twins have basically had around 64 catchers in their tenure…many one-year wonders.

  3. Thebomisthebomb says:

    It’s surprising A.J. didn’t get higher on the list. Also surprised that Wynegar is #2, he’s obviously better than I remember.

    • jjswol says:

      AJ only played in Minnesota for six seasons and only the last three seasons were full time. Had he spent his entire career here he would be number 2 on the list with a WAR of 23.3 . He was a good player, I always enjoyed watching him play, the man will do most anything to win.

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