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Year in Review: Brian Schneider

“Schneider is barely worth owning in NL-only Fantasy Leagues.”

That was a quote from CBSsports’s profile page for the Phillies back up back stop.  To say this sums up Schneider’s season with Philadelphia this year isn’t fair, but it isn’t too far off either.

Schneider started 38 games this season playing second fiddle to fan favorite Carlos Ruiz.  Having played his whole career inside the NL East, Schneider was signed December of ’09 for his third division team.  Fourth if you count Montreal and Washington separately.

Now I have never played professional baseball so I have no clue what it takes to come off the bench every fifth or sixth day and catch a baseball game.  I can’t imagine it is the easiest thing to do and then (to quote Ted Williams) attempt to hit a round ball with a round bat; squarely.

Schneider’s season was mediocre at best.  Defensively he did perform very well.  He boasted a .993 fielding percentage committing only two errors in 276 chances.  Unfortunately his offensive stat line of .240/.345/.384 had him sitting well below the average of the league.  He added four homers and 15 RBIs to his stat sheet.

To be fair we can’t really compare Schneider to everyday players.  Like I said before, it is hard to come in once a week and be asked to perform at a top level.  And looking at every back up catcher would push me way over my word count comfort level.  So for your sake I have chosen three teams to look at; the other three playoff teams from the National League.

Inside the Phillies division, the Braves had David Ross backing up All Star Brian McCann.  Ross had a decent year starting 33 games, hitting .289 and knocking in 28 runs.  Defensively he had a few more chances than Schneider and committed only two additional errors (4).

The World Champion Giants (too soon?) couldn’t even get by with starting Buster Posey everyday.  So when he wasn’t starting, and going through puberty, Eli Whiteside was earning valuable experience catching their pitching staff.  Whiteside, like Ross, started less games than Schneider but put up similar numbers.  He hit .238 and had four homers.

The Reds starting catcher Ramon Hernandez only started 87 games so Ryan Hanigan, his backup, was able to start 58 games in his own right.  Hanigan, having the most opportunities definitely made the best of his chances.  He hit .300 and had 40 RBIs.  His defense was very similar to Schneider’s with a .991 fielding percentage.

So after all this, Brian Schneider was your Philadelphia Phillies back up catcher.  And even with not comparing him to everyday players, I still didn’t grade him favorably.


NICK’S GRADE: 6.5/10 Schneider gave the Phillies a valid backup at catcher. Big hitting catchers don’t grow on trees, and Schneider’s numbers as a starter were quite serviceable for a catcher: .265/.366/.425.



  1. Bart Shart

    November 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

    kieran’s grade, in my opinion, was a bit harsh. Nick, on the other hand, had it right. Schneider is a serviceable, veteran catcher who handles pitchers well and did indeed hit respectably. One KEY POINT about catchers is “How do they handle pitchers?”. And Schneider does a very good job. Some great catchers played excellend defense, handled pitchers well and did not hit well….Johnny Roseboro, Jerry Grote, The Molinas, Steve Yeager and others. Handling pitchers( game calling) is critical when discussing and grading catchers. More important than hitting.

  2. Ryan

    November 7, 2010 at 11:45 am

    agree with nick. he was a serviceable backup. it’s hard enough to find a decent starting catcher in the big leagues. he was more than adequate as a backup. kieran needs a bit more perspective!

  3. Brooks

    November 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Are you going to put a link on the ‘Features:’ section for the review you put together?

  4. Phylan

    November 7, 2010 at 11:59 am

    His OPS was only 4% below league average. A .345 OBP ain’t bad for a guy that batted .240. For $1 million, I’ll take it. I don’t really know why he got a 2 year deal though.

  5. Kate

    November 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    What the hell are you smoking? A 4.3?

    It’s not like Schneider came out and gave a Paul Hoover-like performance every day while Chooch was out with that concussion. And it’s not like the Phillies lost every game Schneider had a hand in.

    Sure, he’s not going to get above a seven and no one’s going to handle the pitchers as well as Chooch, but he deserves some credit for coming out the way he did.

    Didn’t he win us one of those crucial games right before the All-Star break? Tell me you weren’t feeling more hopeful after each of those extra-inning wins and I’ll call you a liar.

    Nick’s grade is more like it. Not every catcher can be a Dutch or a Chooch.

  6. bacardipr05

    November 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    The Phils are a lil short on the MLB ready catcher in minors I think thats its why they gave him a 2yr deal. For the price they can always release him if something better comes up. I think he did an adequate job i would give him a 5.5.

  7. biz

    November 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm


    Once again I find myself in agreement with you. That means you are an incredibly intelligent baseball officianado.

    Schneider did an excellent job as a backup. He had a few huge HR’s that won games for us. He had a few big RBI hits as well.

    A 4.3 is ludicrous. I’d give him a 7. He’s a backup, not a starter. He did his job pretty damn well.

  8. Ryan H.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:29 am

    very harsh grading here. I gotta disagree. I’ve always liked Schneider. Good catcher. great veteran presence to have around the clubhouse. good pop in his bat.

  9. bfo_33

    November 8, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Once again, a thoughtful review with a thoughtless score. The only issue I have with Schneider is even as a back-up, he can’t stay healthy, so you need a third catcher ready at all times in LV.

  10. Bob in Bucks

    November 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Schneider is a serviceable back-up catcher. Nothing great and nothing horrible. He is good for another year.
    I have written about the “ratings’ before. Just drop it in favor of either a “better or worse than expected”.

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