The Pittsburgh Pirates backstops saw no lengthy injuries during the 2012 season, and they needed just two catchers for the entire season for the first time since 2000 (Jason Kendall and Keith Osik). The Pirates in 2011 used eight. Rod Barajas and Michael McKenry connected for 23 long balls. Only three National League teams had more home runs from their catchers this season: Colorado (34), Atlanta (29) and Philadelphia (27).
While they showed pop at the plate, Barajas and McKenry struggled to keep the runners at bay. Barajas threw out just 5% this season (4-of-80). McKenry saw a better mark, several more down the stretch of the season, nailing 19% (10-of-52).
Barajas hit for his lowest average in his 11 seasons in the Majors during the 2012 season with Pittsburgh. He finished with a .206 clip and belted out 11 home runs over 104 games. His 98 starts behind the plate were the most since 2009 with Toronto when he caught 110. Barajas' .176 average over his final ...