After trading Gary Sanchez to the Minnesota Twins in the offseason, the New York Yankees handed the key to the catcher position to two offensive-challenging boys: Jose Trevino and Kyle Higashioka.
Sanchez hit many home runs, but struck out a lot and hit a lot of balls in shifts, limiting his attacking value; And he wasn’t well behind the plate.
Trevino and Higashiyoka don’t offer Sanchez’s offensive counter, but they do contribute – many, in fact – as defensive catchers.
In fact, Trevino gave the Yankees a huge boost in the framing department.
Framing is the art of stealing strikes with the clever (and quick) movement of catcher meat.
The best framers in baseball have won lots of strikes for their pitching staff with this move.
Trevino is an elite framer and the pitchers are reaping the benefits
The Yankees pitchers certainly appreciate being around Trevino: it’s easy for him to pitch, and they know he’ll do whatever it takes to steal one or two strikes, which can be important in a tough at-bat.
“Jose Trevino is in the 100th percentile of the league this season. Max Goodman of SI.com tweeted Max Goodman of SI.com tweeted.
Jose Trevino is in the 100th percentile of the league this season.
As the only catcher with 2 catcher framing runs per statcast, he has teamed up with Yadiyar Molina and Shawn Murphy.
– Max Goodman (maxtigudman) May 17, 2022
The Yankees went on to enjoy one of the best of the Major’s worst defensive catchers.
No wonder their pitching staff looks so impressive there.
Higashioka is also a good framer, giving the Yankees two great options behind the plate.
No catcher can break the Mendoza line (batting average .200 points), but as long as they have elite framers, it won’t be a problem for the Yankees.