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Whatever happened to catcher Ben Rortvedt?
2 months ago  ::  May 07, 2022 - 9:27AM #1
Raymond757
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Does anybody knows?
Is like he disappear in Tampa!
2 months ago  ::  May 07, 2022 - 9:33AM #2
bumper
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just got cleared this week to begin taking batting practice and defensive work. at least a couple weeks away. don't really see him as an answer but higgy/trevino have done nothing offensively.

2 months ago  ::  May 07, 2022 - 10:18AM #3
Raymond757
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I'm a little disappointed with Higgy, he had a great spring with the bat.
Great power numbers!!
2 months ago  ::  May 07, 2022 - 11:37AM #4
bumper
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higgy's gotta be better than that. in ST when he was hitting the HRs, he mentioned about making some adjustments to his swing. might have worked against the AA & AAA pitching he was facing but at the big show, pitchers are good enough to exploit these holes in his swing.

2 months ago  ::  May 07, 2022 - 12:08PM #5
NY23
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Today, C Ben Rortvedt commences a rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa.

2 months ago  ::  May 07, 2022 - 12:37PM #6
manbot
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May 7, 2022 -- 10:18AM, Raymond757 wrote:

I'm a little disappointed with Higgy, he had a great spring with the bat. Great power numbers!!



Higgy kinda sux ... not even a great fielder.


Career WAR of 0.0 is crazy over 6 seasons 

2 months ago  ::  May 10, 2022 - 11:13AM #7
nyyouthbrigade
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May 7, 2022 -- 11:37AM, bumper wrote:


higgy's gotta be better than that. in ST when he was hitting the HRs, he mentioned about making some adjustments to his swing. might have worked against the AA & AAA pitching he was facing but at the big show, pitchers are good enough to exploit these holes in his swing.




Kyle has a .294/.375/.599 career slash in ST. He had OPS over .900 in 2022, 2019, 2018 and 2017 and has always shown a bit of power there, with 15 HR in 177 ABs. I think it is safe to say that we have regularly seen Higgy light it up in ST and fall on his face in the regular season. I like his glove, but offensively he will probably always be on the low end (even for backup catchers)

2 months ago  ::  May 10, 2022 - 2:36PM #8
bumper
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May 10, 2022 -- 11:13AM, nyyouthbrigade wrote:


May 7, 2022 -- 11:37AM, bumper wrote:


higgy's gotta be better than that. in ST when he was hitting the HRs, he mentioned about making some adjustments to his swing. might have worked against the AA & AAA pitching he was facing but at the big show, pitchers are good enough to exploit these holes in his swing.




Kyle has a .294/.375/.599 career slash in ST. He had OPS over .900 in 2022, 2019, 2018 and 2017 and has always shown a bit of power there, with 15 HR in 177 ABs. I think it is safe to say that we have regularly seen Higgy light it up in ST and fall on his face in the regular season. I like his glove, but offensively he will probably always be on the low end (even for backup catchers)




yup he's great against minor league pitching ... his career regular season OPS coming into this year was .619 w a BA of .184. he has shown surprising power at times but looking like a mistake turning over the keys of starting catcher to him. don't think his defense makes up for his lack of offense. trevino isn't any better. yankees may have to make a move well ahead of the TDL.

2 months ago  ::  May 11, 2022 - 6:37AM #9
Giancarlo
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I'd probably send Higgy down to AAA to try to get his hitting straight and then see what Rortvedt has.


But I would be 100% fine with Trevino being the starting catcher in the post season.   Love his framing and defense in general.   

2 months ago  ::  May 11, 2022 - 11:24AM #10
Max
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May 10, 2022 -- 11:13AM, nyyouthbrigade wrote:


May 7, 2022 -- 11:37AM, bumper wrote:


higgy's gotta be better than that. in ST when he was hitting the HRs, he mentioned about making some adjustments to his swing. might have worked against the AA & AAA pitching he was facing but at the big show, pitchers are good enough to exploit these holes in his swing.




Kyle has a .294/.375/.599 career slash in ST. He had OPS over .900 in 2022, 2019, 2018 and 2017 and has always shown a bit of power there, with 15 HR in 177 ABs. I think it is safe to say that we have regularly seen Higgy light it up in ST and fall on his face in the regular season. I like his glove, but offensively he will probably always be on the low end (even for backup catchers)




In my opinion, Higgy is better suited to be a backup catcher because his lifetime batting average looks like a Pitcher's batting average. Plus, some players are better when they don't play everyday. For example, Luis Sojo.


Rortvedt's batting average so far is nothing to brag about but I read he has some power. A lefty catcher could be a asset for the Yankees especially in Yankee Stadium if he can improve his hitting. In my opinion, the Yankees should try to trade for a catcher. But until then, Trevino should be the starter until if and when Rortvedt out plays him.

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