One major concern for the Yankees entering the 2009 season was the health of Jorge Posada’s shoulder. The Yanks’ catching situation wasn’t pretty last year after Jorge went down with a torn labrum, and the last thing they needed in 2009 was a repeat. As expected, the AL has been running wild on Jorge, well more than they have on any other catcher. As Jay at Fack Youk notes, they can probably knock it off. Of the 47 steal attempts on Jorge, 15 have resulted in an out. Five of those were apparently pick-offs, but that still gives Jorge a 21.2% caught stealing rate. That’s double the rate of the next most-ran-on guy, Jason Varitek. Maybe AL managers should focus more on A.J. Pierzynski, who has thrown out just one runner this year (plus two pitcher pick-offs) to 37 successful attempts. They’ll run into far fewer outs than they would running on Jorge.
For those interested in the catcher data, you can find it here.