Doumit and Snyder are the present, but Sanchez is the future. The only question is when?
In 2008, Ryan Doumit had a breakout season as the Pittsburgh Pirates catcher. Doumit posted a .318/.357/.501 line with 15 homers in 431 at-bats, making him one of the most productive catchers in the league on offense. Following the 2008 season, the Pirates signed Doumit to an extension, locking him up through his arbitration years (2009-2011), and giving the Pirates options on what would be his first two free agent years (2012-2013).
In 2009 Doumit dealt with injuries, which have always been a problem. He ended up hitting for a .250/.299/.414 line, although he did have 10 homers in 280 at-bats, and finished the season with a .329/.406/.459 line in 85 at-bats over the final month of the season. Doumit also saw an improvement in his rate of throwing out base runners, with his caught stealing percentage jumping from 27% in 2008 to 31% in 2009.
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