Originally written March 18, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
The American League West isn't exactly a hot bed for catchers. The best catcher in the West in 2013 didn't even play in the division last year as Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski came over from the Chicago White Sox via free agency. Pierzynski is the only No. 1 catcher in the division who caught more than half of his team's games last season, which is one of the reasons he's elevated the Rangers to the top of the rankings in division catchers. Here's a look at the catching rankings for the West. 1. Texas At one point in the offseason, the Rangers were planning to go with Geovany Soto as their primary catcher this season despite a 2012 year that saw him hit just .198 between the Rangers and Chicago Cubs. But Texas, which had Mike Napoli as its No. 1 last year, upgraded the spot by signing free agent A.J. Pierzynski. Pierzynski is as durable as they come behind the plate, having caught at least 112 games every year for the last decade. Pierzynski, 36, is coming ...
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