I'm with Mike on this one. I mentioned before that I don't think Saltalamacchia is to be blamed for the pitching staff's early struggles and in terms of pitch calling/game calling while he might not be Varitek he's quite possibly the next best (which, given his age is quite remarkable). As for throwing out base runners, that's an interesting thing. While we might have the impression that our Catchers couldn't throw out basestealers that might actually be a misperception. Saltalamacchia and Varitek threw out about 26% of would-be basestealers which is about league average (and better than red sox catchers did in the previous two seasons)! The thing is that the Sox so far have faced a bunch of teams that are very aggressive on the basepaths (Toronto, LAA, Rays).
Originally Posted by Mike D.
So really all you can hold against him is his offensive production (or lack thereof). And, as Mike, I am not willing to judge him on that after 14 games. In fact, given he's only 26, I might give him all season before I judge him.
As for whether to call him Salty or not, maybe we can refer to him as Jarrod?
Watching Derek Jeter make 40 defensive plays and then watching Adam Everett make 40 defensive plays at the same position is sort of like watching video of Barbara Bush dancing at the White House, and then watching Demi Moore dancing in Striptease. (Bill James)
Dustin Pedroia doesn't have the strength or bat speed to hit major-league pitching consistently, and he has no power. If he can continue to hit .260 or so, he'll be useful, and he probably has a future as a backup infielder. (Keith Law)