May 10, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) hits a 2-run homer in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Lucroy Should Be The Starting Catcher In The All-Star Game


When we think of top-notch catchers in the National League, we tend to think of Yadier Molina and Buster Posey, and maybe even Carlos Ruiz at one point or another. But we forget about a catcher who is one of the most underrated players in baseball — Jonathan Lucroy.

Lucroy, who has taken over the face of the franchise for the Milwaukee Brewers, is having a career year and should be destined to make his first All-Star Game. However, as of yesterday, he’s fourth among NL catchers in All-Star voting, trailing the aforementioned Molina and Posey, along with Evan Gattis.

This is absurd, and here’s why:

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Lucroy is clearly having a better year than the vote leaders head of him. Despite having the least amount of home runs on that chart, his slugging percentage comes second to only Gattis.

The Brewers catcher has the highest wOBA (.386) and wRC+ (144). He’s struck out the least and walked the most. I don’t need more statistics to back up my position. What else does the guy have to do to get some votes?

Not only should Lucroy be voted into the All-Star Game, he should start. With Brian McCann finally out of the NL, Lucroy finally has a legitimate chance of being selected. But since this is a popularity vote, the fans may squander a chance to see the best catcher in the National League.

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  • Michael

    “Best catcher in the National League” should read “best hitting catcher in the NL through Memorial Day by a small margin based on a few more balls dropping for doubles than the next guy on the list.” And if you factor in the job of actual catching duties, this whole argument falls apart. Posting this during a week or two span in May where Lucroy has managed to momentarily slip ahead of Molina on a couple of stat leaderboards seems a bit like cherry-picking…if Lucroy manages to hang up there offensively for the next month or so — and catch 15-20 consecutive baserunners — then we’ll talk.

    • webjr

      “If you factor in the job of actual catching duties, this whole argument falls apart.”

      According to who exactly? Fangraphs says that Lucroy is the 2nd best defensive catcher in the NL as well.

    • Justin Schultz

      Lucroy is one of, if not the best at framing pitches and calling a game. There are now stats to back that up. There’s a lot more to being a defensive catcher then throwing out runners.