Sox Catchers Making the Grade
Its often that one of the most important players in the game is mostly forgotten, hidden behind a mask and crouched behind the batter. Sox Baseball is fortunate to have some of the best at their craft – and while all of them are very important to their team, we take a look at those that take their game to another level.
First up is the dynamic duo for EC Sox 10U Mitchell. Amaya Esco and Eli Tacker have
combined for over 85 innings behind the plate this season, throwing out 25 would-be stealers
in 217 attempts.
The ultimate warrior, Esco has caught 55.1 innings this season for EC Sox 10U Mitchell. Equally
impressive, Esco has caught 15 runners trying to swipe second base, leading all Sox catchers.
He has only allowed 16 passed balls. At the plate, Esco is batting .371 with 19 runs scored and
6 RBI. In 47 plate appearances, he has only struck out 9 times while drawing 8 walks.
Handling the position for EC Sox 10U Mitchell, Tacker has caught 30.1 innings for his pitchers,
throwing out 10 runners out of 61 attempts. He has only allowed 7 passed balls on the seasons.
Tacker has 45 plate appearances on the season, batting .314 with 14 runs scored and 5 RBI. He has 3 doubles and a triple so far this season, striking out only 6 times while earning 10 walks.
John Michael Hammett
Leading Sox catchers with 107.1 innings behind the plate, Hammett has throw out 12 runners in 108 attempts, with only 18 passed balls in over 321 outs. Playing for Sox 13U Gibert, “J-Mike” hits .355 on the season, with 8 doubles and a triple, scoring 31 times on the season with 15 RBI. He has only struck out 12 times while drawing 24 walks in 88 plate appearances.
Suiting up for 42.2 innings this season for EC Sox 14U Creek, Fondren has thrown out 9 runners trying for a steal out of 29 attempts and has only allowed 3 passed balls. At the plate, he is batting .407 with 11 doubles, 20 runs scored and 17 RBI. Fondren has only struck out 10 times on the season in 70 plate appearances while drawing 13 walks.