I think Jeff Luhnow has done tremendous things with the farm system and bringing the Cardinals forward into the statistical age of baseball. I have a very strong suspicion that the Cardinals (and other clubs) have reliable, advanced metrics on catcher’s defense that simply are beyond what has been developed in the public domain. That said. . . oooff! . . .
Great to see Matt Pagnozzi with a strong game at Busch. He’s a perfect example of why the organization values strong catch and throw skills
I think Pagnozzi’s defense is largely overrated. He’s got a good arm but he struggles with balls in the dirt from what I’ve seen. He’s an average defender; more importantly, he’s a terrible hitter even for a catcher. Unless his bat takes a quantum leap forward, he shouldn’t be anywhere near the big club, today’s effort notwithstanding. Part of Luhnow’s job is to be positive about the minors in the press and while I appreciate the opportunity to praise an individual, I’m perturbed by reading what appears to be organizational philosophy that results in bad players coming up at certain positions.
Poor Bryan Anderson.