May 24, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Houston Astros catcherJason Castro
(15) at bat in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The catcher in with the most votes is Kansas City Royals backstop, Saldovar Perez with 2,681,063 votes. The closest competition to Perez is the Oakland Athletics backstop Stephen Vogt with 1,401,747. These names are not very exciting, but one of them was in the World Series last year, and the other was not. Is Jason Castro even in the top five leading vote-getters in the American League?
No, so is it the “East Coast Bias” that Castro is not amongst the leading vote-getters at catcher? Let’s look a Castro’s stats versus Salvador Perez’s and Stephen Vogt’s stats.
As you can see, Vogt is having a great season for the losing Athletics. Anyone with an OPS of 1.000 this late in the season should be on the All-Star team. Perez is the leader in All-Star votes, but he falls short on most other stats to Vogt. The voters could be taking defensive ability in voting for Saldovar Perez, but most likely it has to do more with name recognition than anything. Victor Martinez and Carlos Sanatana are no longer catchers, so fans remember Perez from the World Series.
Concerning Castro, he is not on the same level with the two leaders at the moment. He has showed glimpses in the past but lacks consistency.
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