Saltalamacchia Recent Updates
Jarrod Saltalamacchia is going to be a great hitter in 2012. He has had one year where management protected him by giving him playing time and trusting his growth. He had Varitek as a mentor for one full year. He has had many upgrades to his batting style and mechanics. And now he has a mostly full spring training without the pressure of becoming the main catcher for the Red Sox staff.
What makes last year such a good year, and what last year might showcase for this year, is that he had been a good hitter at the bottom of the lineup where the offense was extremely erratic. You had JD Drew who missed a great deal of time, and was pretty useless providing offense when playing. You had Carl Crawford who struggled through the entire season. You had Marco Scutaro who didn’t heat up until late in the season. And you had the left-fielder by committee that put very few people on base for Salty to drive in.
Salty himself was very erratic, but had very little protection for his bat as many pitchers pitched around him. He didn’t help his cause either by chasing bad pitches. Now with Cody Ross, Mike Aviles, and a healthy(er) Crawford in the bottom of the lineup, it solidifies offense that will not only protect Saltalamacchia, but allow him to produce regularly, and get better balls to put in play.
Having runners-on-base consistently will give him consistency that he didn’t have last year. This consistency will allow him to grow, to gain confidence in his bat, and become a huge force at catcher for years to come.
2012 is the year of the Salt. You heard it here first.