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Is he still a prospect? Will he play in the major leagues?
He’s sort of in limbo; he’s not exactly a prospect but not quite yet a minor-league lifer. A catcher, he reached his peak as the Orioles’ #10 prospect after his 2009 season at Frederick (according to Baseball America), and there were questions about how the Orioles would use both him and Matt Wieters. He didn’t hit well at Bowie in 2010 or 2011, and started 2012 at Bowie before being promoted to Norfolk when injuries hit the catching corps. He didn’t hit at Norfolk and returned to Bowie, where he did hit much better than he had in 2010 and 2011.
He’ll turn 27 in June 2013. He has no chance of becoming a big-league regular, almost no chance of becoming a long-term big-league backup, and has probably only a 25% chance or so of even having a cup of coffee.
I have been very fortunate. Three of the last four Tides games I’ve seen and worked have been very well-played games, the third being last night’s game against Toledo. Specifically, from the second batter forward the defense for both teams was very good. The fielding was all the more impressive because the game was played with a vigorous wind blowing from left field to right field. Right fielder L.J. Hoes battled the wind to make several nice catches.
Tides’ starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez made three nice plays in the first two innings. Ben Guez hit a ground ball fielded by the first baseman and Gonzalez alertly got to first base to receive the throw and put out Guez. Rob Brantly hit a twisting squibber down the first-base line; Gonzalez hustled to the ball and threw Brantly out at first. And Audy Ciriaco hit a sharp ground ball up the middle which Gonzalez speared and threw to first.
Miguel Tejada showed good range to his left, ranging in front of shortstop and firing a strong throw. Caleb Joseph threw out a runner trying to steal. There were only two bad defensive plays, and they led to the Mud Hens’ runs. Chris Robinson at first base misjudged a foul popup and let it drop behind him, about three feet from first base; given another chance, Jerad Head doubled in the first run. And Head scored on a single when L.J. Hoes’ throw to the plate was well up the third-base line.
Ironically, in the immediately-preceding game at Buffalo, the Tides committed six errors. I’m thinking that that game was the aberration.
The Orioles announced that erstwhile backup catcher Taylor Teagarden will not be ready for opening day, and he’ll almost certainly be placed on the Disabled List. That means that Ronny Paulino will be the Orioles’ backup catcher for the start of the season. That, in turn, means that John Hester and Caleb Joseph will likely be the two catchers on the Tides’ opening-day roster. I don’t see any other catchers in the organization who are ready for AAA.
Could he be a regular catcher?
No. He’s a good defensive catcher, and he’s hitting .273 with a .344 OBP with the Orioles. But, (1) he’s 27, the most common age for fluke years; (2) he has a .300 slugging percentage; (3) it’s in 122 plate appearances; (4) he hit .162 with Cincinnati in 2009; and (5) he hasn’t much in the minor leagues.
Is he a good backup?
He’s fine as a low-cost backup for Matt Wieters, playing once a week. If Wieters went down for a month or two, Tatum wouldn’t be adequate. The Orioles AA catcher, Caleb Joseph, was a prospect but had a terrible year at Bowie. Of course, the Orioles have more important things to worry about than what to do if Matt Wieters gets hurt.