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9/5/1975 (41 y, 5 m, 14 d)
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Barajas will manage the Padres' rookie-level club in 2014, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports. (1/14/2014)
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Year in Review:
Keeping in mind that catchers’ offensive contributions are considered a bonus for most teams, Barajas’ output was OK in ‘09. He doesn’t hit for average and he doesn’t get on base much, but at least he’s not squandering stolen base opportunities, as his foot speed ranks right up there with Bengie Molina. Among MLB catchers (300+ at-bats), only Dioner Navarro had a worst BABIP to Barajas’ .234. The Toronto catcher had a lot of trouble catching up to good fastballs with a wFB/C rate of -1.38. With no one on base, Barajas posted a .530 OPS, compared to an .824 OPS with runners on. As for another interesting note, he went 3-for-6 with two homers as a pinch hitter in ‘09.
The Year Ahead:
A 2009-10 free agent, Barajas went looking for a full-time catching opportunity and almost did not find one. He finally signed a one-year deal with the Mets shortly after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. He isn’t a top offensive catcher, but his 19 homers will catch someone’s attention. Unfortunately, he negatively impacts the batting average and on-base average (and subsequently runs) categories. Barajas should continue to play every day against southpaws (.267/.308/.486 in ‘09). How much time he sees against right-handed pitchers (.213/.241/.377) remains to be seen. From a fantasy perspective, Barajas is a middle-of-the-road option at catcher if you’re looking for power in an NL-only format and can survive the hit in batting average. (Marc Hulet)
With A.J. Ellis and Dioner Navarro as the only alternatives, chance are that Rod Barajas will get a good deal of playing time in Los Angeles this season. That might help inflate his home run total -- his 17 last season ranked seventh among catchers -- but that's really all Barajas brings to the table. Even with those 17 homers he only drove in 47 and only scored 39, neither of which ranks favorably among catchers. He might provide value as a second catcher, and in deep leagues he can help more than, say, Francisco Cervelli. But in 10- and 12-team leagues he's a backup option and nothing more. Use only in case of injury. (Joe Pawlikowski)
The Quick Opinion:
Rod Barajas brings one tool to the table, home runs, but the rest of his game is lacking. He's a nice plug-in when a starter has a day off, and can fill in for an injured starter.
Like a number of other catchers with bad on-base skills, Rod Barajas does sport enough pop in his bat to prove useful on the bench in deep leagues. Evan at age 37, he could still yet receive half a season's worth of playing time, which makes him a solid play for leagues that start two catchers with 162-game limits. (
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