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Is he still a viable backup catcher for a major-league team?
Certainly. He’s a catch-and-throw guy, a very good defensive catcher (I don’t know if he quite rises to the level of ‘outstanding’). As a once-a-week backup, he’s fine.
Could he be a starter?
No. He’s a .220 hitter with no power. In 100 at bats, with good luck, he could easily hit .280, but he could just as easily hit .160.
Tatum was claimed on waivers by the Astros in October 2011. The Astros themselves waived Tatum in January, and he was claimed by the Diamondbacks.
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.