Thursday, November 17, 2011

Back-up Backstop Schneider to Return

The Phillies announced on Thursday that they have re-signed catcher Brian Schneider to a one-year contract valued at $800,000. The veteran of 12 big league seasons, who turns 35-years-old later this month, returns to Philadelphia after serving as back-up to Carlos Ruiz for the past two seasons.

Schneider can earn an additional $200,000 in performance bonuses, but don’t count on that happening as the reserve sported a .176 batting average in 41 games with the Phillies during the 2011 season.

Clearly, Schneider is being brought back for his excellent guidance of the Philadelphia pitching staff, not because of his bat. Phillies pitchers posted a strong 2.85 ERA with Schneider behind the dish this past season.

Pat Gallen of writes that the Phillies went 28-8 (.777 winning percentage) in Schneider’s 36 starts in 2011, including 27-3 (.900) in his first 30 starts. From May 7 through September 6, the Phillies went 19-0 in Schneider’s starts.

Through his career, the lefty hitting backstop has played exclusively in the National League East, catching for the Expos/Nationals, the Mets and the Phillies.

Noteworthy Schneider stats-

Schneider had just 1 RBI in 23 home games with the Phillies in 2011.

Schneider threw out only 18% of runners attempting to steal in his two seasons with Philadelphia, while his career caught stealing percentage prior to joining the Phillies was 39%.

Schneider is 1-for-27 (.037 avg.) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs in his two seasons with the Phillies.


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