The Yankees have one of the most consistent catchers in the major leagues. Jorge Posada had a great year with the bat as he hit .277 with 23 homers and 93 RBIs last season. He’s also a switch-hitter which helps balance the Yankees lineup. Posada is getting up their in age as he’s now 35 and the Yanks need to find a reliable backup to give him some rest during the season. He threw out 35% of baserunners that tried to steal on him, but he also made 9 errors and had 13 passed balls which is not acceptable.
The favorite for the backup job is probably 29 year old Wil Nieves who was protected on the Yanks 40 man roster over the winter. He only hit .259 at Columbus (AAA-Yanks) with 5 homers, 34 RBIs and an OPS of .644. He has not hit in the majors as he’s only 13/82 (.159 avg) with 3 RBIs.
40-year old Todd Pratt will get a chance to prove he still has something left. He only hit .207 with 4 homers and 19 RBIs last season for the Braves. Over his career, Pratt has a .251 career average and a .742 OPS. Pratt did throw out 20% of attempted base stealers so he may have something left. He is the co-favorite to win the backup job for the Yankees.
34-year old Raul Chavez is a defensive minded catcher. He only hit .255 with 2 homers and 21 RBIs last season in AA ball. He also went 5 of 28 (.179 avg) for the Baltimore Orioles last season. For his major league career, Chavez has only hit .212 with a .537 OPS. It’s likely that he will start the season in AAA.
30-year old Ben Davis is also being brought to Spring Training. He didn’t do much in the minors for the Yanks last season as he hit .219 with 5 homers and 22 RBIs in A and AAA ball. The switch hitter hasn’t played in the majors since 2004 and has career averages of .237 with a .672 OPS.