All-DBAP Team: Catcher Finalists
This week kicks off the fan voting for the All-DBAP Team, and we open it up with the catcher position. This threesome features a player who enjoyed a 17-year major league career (but none with Tampa Bay), an International League MVP and a guy who’s (back) with the Rays.
After taking a glance at our finalists below, remember to vote for who you think is most-deserving of a spot on the All-DBAP Team by voting on the Bulls’ Facebook page. Simply leave a comment with the name of your selection on the official finalist announcement post and you’re done!
A 17-year major league veteran when he hung up his spikes, Pat Borders was already 37-years-old when he first came to Durham in 2000. That didn’t stop the Florida native from putting up a big season though, hitting .273-12-55 while playing 96 games. The next season, at the age of 38, his offense production slowed down some, hitting to a tune of .236-2-28. However, over his two years in the Bull City he was one of the premier defensive catchers in the league, throwing out 53-of-114 runners attempting to steal (46%).
Career Numbers with Durham: .260-14-83, 40 R in 183 games (2000-2001)
Major League Career: .253-69-346, 289 R in 1,099 games (1988-2005)
Toby Hall, who was teammates with Pat Borders in Durham in 2000 and 2001, made his last stop in Durham in 2002, though only appearing in 22 games that season. Over his three seasons in a Bulls uniform Hall was dominant, hitting .304 in 2000, .335 in 2001 and .348 over his short stint in 2002. The California product’s best season came in 2001 though, when he was named International League MVP after hitting .335-19-72 in 94 games split between catcher and DH. Defensively he was solid as well, throwing out 28-of-82 runners attempting to steal over his three seasons (34%). At the major league level, he appeared in parts of seven seasons for Tampa Bay, before splitting the last two and a half years of his career between the Dodgers and the White Sox.
Career Numbers with Durham: .328-28-127, 93 runs in 163 games (2000-2002)
Major League Career: .262-46-269, 211 runs in 686 games (2000-2008)
John Jaso, the most recent Bulls player out of our three catcher finalists, made his Durham debut at the end of the 2008 season, before spending the entire 2009 campaign in the Bull City. That season, at just 25-years-old, the backstop hit .266-5-30 while catching 98 games for a pitching staff that boasted the fourth-best ERA in the International League (3.75) and captured the franchise’s lone Triple-A National Championship. In “The Show,” Jaso has been one of the more consistent catchers of the past five seasons, and returned to Tampa Bay this offseason via a trade with the Oakland Athletics.
Career Numbers with Durham: .271-10-60, 59 runs in 171 games (2008-2009, rehab in 2010 and 2011)
Major League Career: .259-32-182, 199 runs in 480 games (2008-2014)
Honorable Mention: Craig Albernaz, Kevin Cash
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