The potential value of the young Chicago Cubs catcher can be built on further even in a brief season
While last season was mostly disappointing for the Chicago Cubs, one of the few bright spots was the growth of catcher Victor Caratini. The 26-year-old from Ponce, Puerto Rico, had a very up and down first few seasons in the majors before playing in a career-high 95 games last year. It was hard to get him sufficient playing time with Willson Contreras being the star starter at catcher.
What makes Caratini a compelling case is the fact that he is relatively versatile on the infield, having already played a handful of games at first base and has also made some appearances at third. Caratini is also a switch hitter and has had plenty of experience coming off the bench to pinch-hit in several different matchups.
If the 60-game 2020 season (It will) does indeed happen, there will be plenty of things to watch in just a short amount of time. Caratini will come in as the backup catcher behind Contreras, but this short season can still be a great year for him. He has an opportunity to build off what he did last season. Here is why.