How The Los Angeles Angels Stack Up….Catcher

By Jason Evans

While Angels pitchers and catchers don’t report until tomorrow, many teams’ have their pitchers and catchers reporting today. It’s an exciting time around the league with optimism abundant around the league. We’ve already looked at pitching staffs around the AL West, but let’s take a look at how the Angels stack up at the catcher position.

Houston Astros:

Jason Castro

Sep 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta (17) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Castro missed all of 2011 because of a torn ACL and missed some time last year as well. The former top prospect will be counted to be the starting full-time catcher, something he hasn’t done in his major league career.

  1. Seattle Mariners: Jesus Montero

The former number one prospect in all of baseball got the chance to play the entire season at the major league level for the first time last year. He was used quite a bit at DH and put up respectable numbers. With Mike Zunino coming up right behind him, will Montero eventually find himself at another position in the future?

  1. Los Angeles Angels: Chris Iannetta

The Angels re-signed Iannetta before November last year. The Angels clearly like his bat, but it’s a question of how healthy he can be.

  1. Oakland Athletics: John Jaso and Derek Norris

Talk about a perfect platoon. Jaso was among the leaders in hitting against right handed pitching and Norris is a young player who should be productive in years to come.

  1. Texas Rangers: A.J. Pierzynski

Pierzynski had quite the run with the Chicago White Sox and put up career high numbers last season. This year in Texas, in his age 36 season, will he be able to continue his run of success?

What do you guys think? Is Pierzynski the best catcher in the division? Vote in our new poll.