The 34-year old Barajas has been a revelation for the Mets, both with his bat and his glove. He currently leads all catchers in homeruns and RBIs, and his slugging percentage is second only to Miguel Olivo.
That said, the most important contribution he's making just might be with his personality. Barajas has developed exceptional relationships with his pitchers and the amount of "shaking off" from last year to this year is noticeably less.
If you look at the stats, Barajas is certainly above average defensively, with the 9th best CERA in MLB to go along with the 4th best RF in the NL. He does fall short in terms of throwing this year, but he commands the game from behind the plate, works well with the staff, and I have not seen him make a bad decision all year.
Speaking of throwing--Barajas has an excellent arm and has thrown out 33% of baserunners in his career, and 34% just last year. His totals this year are down, but they are also not running on him very often. By season's end I fully expect that stat to normalize back toward the mean.
|NL Catcher Sortable Fielding|
There are certainly some great choices for all-star this year at catcher, but for many reasons, it's time for Mets fans to get out and vote to "Give Rod the Nod".
The current popular vote totals for National League catcher are:
|1||Yadier Molina, Cardinals||316,795|
|2||Carlos Ruiz, Phillies||259,227|
|3||Ivan Rodriguez, Nationals||247,998|
|4||Brian McCann, Braves||203,377|
|5||Russell Martin, Dodgers||160,698|
|Barajas 2010 Season Stats|
|Last 7 days||5||18||2||5||1||0||1||6||0||0||0||0||.278||.263||.500||.763|