Blue Jays Minor League Depth – Catcher

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Feb 25, 2015; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Sean Ochinko (69) works out during spring training at Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Sean OchinkoLingering in the shadows

Former 11th round pick out of Louisiana State in the 2009 draft Ochinko has been following A.J Jimenez around the minors the past few years. After not playing much last season due to a PED suspension, he looks to bounce back into the equation.   He is a solid defensive catcher who committed only 2 errors in 83 games in 2013 but only threw out 23% of base stealers. If he could ever start hitting like he did at the lower levels his plus defense would keep him in games. Only hitting .231 in 2013 will not keep you in many games no matter how good your defense is.  I like Ochinko and hope that he simplifies his approach at the plate.  Seeing better pitches should allow that batting average to creep up.

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Derrick ChungPotential

After spending last season split between Dunedin and New Hampshire we know that Chung is a great catcher defensively. In 95 games he committed only 6 errors in 848 chances (.993 Fld%) and threw out 41% of base-stealers. That is an incredible rate of success at the position that makes him look ready for a higher level. His bat however appears to be a wild card. He has shown the ability to hit thus far but struggled some when promoted to New Hampshire last season. After batting .320 in Dunedin through 49 games he only batted .240 in 47 with New Hampshire. I will account for some drop in batting average due to the level jump but that was a big drop.  I hope he settles in and continues to work on his hitting because that will help propel him through our organization.