Atlanta's Brian McCann and Geovany Soto of the Cubs are having All-Star-caliber seasons, but another young catcher was the choice of a veteran scout when asked which catcher he'd pick if he were drafting a team.
"Dioner Navarro," the scout said. "Switch-hitter, punishes mistake pitches as well as just about anybody. He's only [24 years old] and just keeps getting better and better."
Navarro's .338 batting average would lead the American League and be the fourth highest in baseball had he had enough at-bats to qualify. He's 32 plate appearances shy due to a stint on the 15-day disabled list in April.
Navarro, who has nine hits in his last 23 at-bats, is batting .310 (104-for-336) with 11 homers and 56 RBIs since last year's All-Star break. His on-base-plus-slugging percentage after the break last season was .815. This year it's .826.