March 7, 2021

San Francisco Giants Fans, Meet Tyler Heineman (Baseball Essential)

On Saturday, it was announced that catcher Aramis Garcia will miss six-to-eight months after undergoing labrum surgery.  It was widely expected that the 27-year-old would serve as the primary backup to Buster Posey after a reasonably successful 89-game stint in Triple A, in which he slashed .271/.343/.488 (.831 OPS) with 16 home runs while playing excellent defense behind the plate (9.90 RF/9 and 46 percent caught stealing percentage). He also logged some time at first base, posting a 9.00 RF/9. With him out of the running to serve as Posey’s backup, Tyler Heineman, Rob Brantly, and Chadwick Tromp are expected to compete for the job.

As the headline of the article suggests, I would bank on Heineman winning the job, but that’s not to say that either Brantly or Tromp should be counted out. In the interest of transparency, I didn’t know much about Tromp until this offseason, but he absolutely raked through 26 games in Triple A with the Cincinnati Reds last season, slashing .286/.389/.610 over 90 plate appearances. While it’s a small sample size, there were some encouraging peripherals including a 12.2 percent walk rate and a reasonably sustainable .333 BABIP.


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