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Morning Report: Which Catchers in the System Control the Running Game the Best?

Jackson Williams has thrown out 36% of runners this season. Photo Credit: David Hague
Morning Report: Which Catchers in the System Control the Running Game the Best?
John Dreker

While I was looking over defensive stats for yesterday's Morning Report, I thought about adding the caught stealing rates for each team. There are enough catchers in the system to make it into one article though, especially when you include the team comparisons within their own league.

Below, you will find the team rankings for all eight affiliates within their leagues, along with every catcher currently still in the system. I listed them from the top level on down, going with the players who receive the most playing time first. Stats are prior to yesterday's games.

I'll note that the Pirates used to have their pitchers worry more about the hitters at the lower levels, so that led to some very poor caught stealing rates, even for catchers with strong arms, who were quick behind the p...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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