Originally posted on We Should Be GM's  |  Last updated 8/2/12
Is there any less thankless job on a MLB 25-man roster than the backup catcher?  Nah, don't think so.  For the past few years Brian Schneider has been cast in that role for the Phillies, but an injury opened the door for Erik Kratz this season.  Kratz is making the most of the opportunity.  He had a 2 game debut with the Phils in September last year and has only played in 12 games so far this season, but the results are promising: 14 G, .357/1.201, 5 R, 4 DBL, 3 HR, and 6 RBI.  Solid defense is another thing he offers, having caught 47% of base thieves.  Baseball-Reference.com rates both his offense and defense positively in terms of WAR (Wins Above Replacement). This is all in a small sample size, but it shouldn't preclude you from rooting for the guy and liking him.  Don't going getting too excited though, he's our 2012 version of Chris Coste (The 33 year Old Rookie), because Kratz ain't no spring chicken at 32 years old.  I'd also like to throw this out there- he's pitched 6 reli...
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