Blue Jays Top 10 Catchers of All Time

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8. John Buck

John Buck was drafted by the Astros in 1998. He first appeared in Majors with the Royals in 2004. After reaching free agency, he signed with the Blue Jays to be their starting catcher in 2010.

2010 was his only season with the Jays and just barely qualifies for this list with 437 PAs. He made his one season count though. He put up one of the best ever offensive seasons by a Jays catcher. He slashed .281/.314/.489, hit 20 home runs and had a 114 wRC+. He was below average defensively with a -11 DRS, -0.4 dWAR but did have a better than average fielding % and caught stealing %. Also, his pitching staff performed decently considering what it was at the time.

Buck’s big season netted him a large contract with the Marlins. It turned out to be a good non-signing by the Blue Jays. Buck didn’t ever come close to replicating his 2010 numbers. Buck was briefly re-acquired by the Jays as a part of the Reyes, Johnson and Buehrle deal but was promptly flipped to the Mets in the R.A Dickey trade. Buck retired before the 2015 season.

Among Jays’ catchers all-time he ranks 8th in WAR, 3rd in WARPA, 3rd in Average, 1st in Slugging % and 1st in offensive runs above average.

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