Astros depth chart at catcher remains up for grabs
With Maldonado’s offense on the decline, will Lee make the jump?
All-in-all, Maldonado has been declining in production at the plate going from a regular .220 average down to .172 this year and hitting a paltry .130 in the playoffs with no home runs and 5 RBI.
Lee was a surprise first round pick for the Astros, as he was projected to go later around the third round. Lee is new to the catching position but he is learning and catching on quickly (pun intended) with plenty of quality coaching in the minor leagues.
Lee’s meteoric rise to Triple-A and the top of the prospect list also drives the question, does he deserve his shot at the highest level this season, I think he does indeed.
Lee would be a perfect platoon split at catcher to learn from the veteran pitchers and Maldonado on how to call a game and play in the bigs while getting some opportunities to showcase his talent.