With only 9 days left until Pitchers and Catchers report I have decided to do a 9 part series in which each day I will take a look at one of the 9 starting positions and evaluate it. Think of this as a way to make these last 9 days go by faster. I will also list the positions in the order in which I think the 2009 Lineup should be set.
Last year we all had our likes and dislikes against Carlos Ruiz. He's a solid defensive catch who calls the game very well. Every time Carlos stepped to the play with a runner on I would get the feeling a double play was coming. That was the one area Carlos needed to improve. When the playoffs came around Carlos stepped up his offensive production big time. Coming up big in clutch situations. If he can pick up where he left off last year Carlos might be the biggest surprise on this Phillies team. Backing him up was a man who's story everyone knows. Chris Coste had the bat all year long but was not the greatest defensive catcher. In the playoffs he slowly saw his playing time diminish. This off season Amaro picked up another catcher by the name of Ronny Paulino. I am not to thrilled about this pickup because he only his a shade over .200 last year with 2 home runs. Also lurking in the background is Lou Marson. Marson is the future of the catcher position and could possibly see his name on the big league roster come August. He has the potential to become one of the better players on this team for years to come.
Overall Grade: C+