McStallen wrote:Ronny Paulino is not hurt, but even if he was, Ryan Doumit would not put up top-8 catcher numbers. I think Doumit is a poor fielder and could not be an every day catcher. He's probably not an every day player regardless of the position.
He's a good hitter and will put up nce peripherals but I don't think he'll crack 400 at-bats- so if Paulino was hurt for an extended period of time I think the Pirates would find another option at catcher
As someone who follows the Pirates on a daily basis, I'd like to say this is dead wrong.
There is nothing coming out of Pirates camp to indicate Doumit is not in the running to be the starter (or at least platoon with Paulino) right out of spring training. Doumit's defense, by all accounts, has been just fine this spring. Good enough that the Pirates sent all other catchers to the minors.
At this point, it's really looking like a platoon situation. I believe, though, that the Pirates would LOVE to have Doumit win the job outright and be the every day starter.