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12/21/1983 (33 y, 1 m, 29 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 19, Overall: 99, Team: Texas Rangers
$0.2M / 1 Years (2014)
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Year in Review:
To say that an organization has "too much talent" is obviously absurd. No team has ever lost because it had too many good players, just as, conversely, no team has ever won expressly because it lacked depth. That said, problems can occur when a team has a number of players of similar ability all at the same position. Such has been the case for the Rangers these last couple of years at catcher. Gerald Laird, Ivan Rodriguez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Teagarden, and Max Ramirez: each has laid some sort of claim to the position over the last two years. In Teagarden's case, he played just about one of every four games in 2009 while Saltalamacchia was healthy. After Salty's injury, Teagarden started about half of Texas's games – deferring to the veteran Rodriguez the other half of the time – while posting a line of .242/.294/.442 with 39 strikeouts and only seven walks in those 104 plate appearances.
The Year Ahead:
More than anything, playing time is the key to a player's production – in both real-life and fantasy baseball. Looking at the Rangers' current options at catcher, it seems as though the deck is probably stacked against Teagarden. He's a year-and-a-half older than Saltalamacchia, has a less impressive minor league resume, and his defensive reputation isn't so superior to Salty's that he merits playing time on that alone. Throw in the fact that Max Ramirez will have recovered from a wrist injury that bothered him for much of the '09 season, and you're looking at a player in Teagarden who needs a number of things to break his way for him to make an impact in 2010. (Carson Cistulli)
Part of a triumvirate of catching prospects -- along with Max Ramirez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia -- that came up through the Ranger system in the late aughts, Teagarden's contact problems (he's posted a 36.2% strikeout rate in 392 career plate appearances) have limited his offensive production. Signed by Baltimore this offseason, he'll back up Matt Wieters there. (Carson Cistulli)
Taylor Teagarden is good enough defensively that he should find a home as a free agent this winter, probably as Triple-A catching depth, but the contact skill is lacking enough that the Orioles DFA’d him in September. Now 30, Teagarden has 518 plate appearances over six partial seasons, slashing .206/.266/.390 and striking out 35.3% of the time. Only Chris Carter struck out that much this year and anybody else striking out at that rate posted far more power than Teagarden, who has 20 career home runs. Even if the power catches your eye, Teagarden hasn’t played enough the past two seasons to really get a grasp on his current skill level; backing up Matt Wieters and spending 147 days on the disabled list has limited him to 57 games, including minor league action. The Mets will give him a shot to be the backup to Travis d'Arnaud, but that doesn't mean you should spend too much time thinking about him. (
The Quick Opinion:
While there was once promising power in his bat, Taylor Teagarden would have better luck making extraterrestrial contact than contact with a baseball. He has signed as catching depth wiht the Mets but won't play enough to warrant fantasy consideration.
Strikeout rates and depth charts prevented Teagarden from sticking in the majors early on. Inflated batting average on balls in play kept some excited. Taylor Teagarden will only be catching depth for some team in 2015. (
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