2012 Dodgers in Review #3: C Tim Federowicz

.333/.500/.333 4pa 0hr 0.1 fWAR (inc.)

2012 in brief: Four mere September plate appearances make me regret doing a post on each player just three reviews in.

2013 status: Under team control and is expected to get the chance to fight his way onto the big league roster in spring training.

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I suppose if there’s a surprise about Tim Federowicz‘ season, it’s that we didn’t see him until September. That’s less about him and more about the shocking fact that despite all of the debilitating injuries we saw in 2012, the untested A.J. Ellis and the old-and-busted Matt Treanor happened to be the only two hitters who managed to make it through the season unscathed. (Though Treanor did hurt himself on the next-to-last day of the season, which may be the only reason why Federowicz even got that lone start.)

Really, Federowicz’ year, his first full season in Triple-A, was largely meant to be a test of whether he could handle the expectations that were suddenly placed upon him when Ned Colletti dealt Trayvon Robinson for Federowicz, Stephen Fife, and a low-level pitcher. In that, I’d say the results were mixed. He did hit .294/.371/.461 with 11 homers while making the PCL All-Star team, and his defensive reputation remains solid, as Chris Jackson asked De Jon Watson about in July:

Q: Where do you see catcher Tim Federowicz standing right now in his development?

DJW: “Defensively he’s definitely made some major strides especially as far as blocking the ball and managing the running game. Offensively the approach is still evolving. He has to get more consistent, trust in the fact that he can go into that right-center field gap. Once he gets that, he’s so quick on the inside it’ll be a reactionary thing for him.”

Ned Colletti followed up with a few somewhat cryptic quotes to Steve Dilbeck earlier this week:

“We have much more confidence in him than we did a year ago,” Colletti said. “Not that we didn’t a year ago, but his experience is vastly greater.

“When we acquired him, he had not played triple-A baseball. He’s farther along in his career and we’ve noticed a change. Even though he didn’t play much this month, we noticed a change.”

Yet it’s hard to analyze any Albuquerque player without checking into his home/road splits, and for Federowicz, they were more than a little troublesome:

Home: 230 PA .350/.415/.569
Road: 236 PA .245/.331/.370

Considering that all of the reviews of Federowicz after the trade and prior to the season painted him as a good-glove, very-questionable-bat type, I don’t see a whole lot here that’s changed. I don’t doubt that he can play in the bigs defensively, yet he seems to be a backup or a second-division starter at best with the bat. That’s still a player with a little bit of value, I suppose, though not really someone worth getting excited about.

I still think he’s likely to take Treanor’s job next year, and that’ll be fine if so. Yet it’s also not too hard to see the Dodgers getting another veteran alternative to take some of the load off of Ellis and leave Federowicz as a depth option in Triple-A. It’s hard to say that Federowicz has forced his way to the bigs just yet, and it’s not like the disappointing seasons from Chattanooga catchers Gorman Erickson & Matt Wallach demand that they be moved up a level right now either.

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Next up! Hopefully the last time we ever have to talk about James Loney!

320 comments
Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

I guess Ichiro had some gas left in the tank, huh

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

They are "best rap song ever-ing" us with the martin talk. sheesh. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Great Roosevelts Ghost

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

whoa, wish I could see the replay.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Damn, that was close.  Replay time!

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

I hate wonton use of BABIP

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

AJ, Ethier, Castle, and ZLee for Arod. We take all the salary. 

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

WTF? I get home, tune into Mexican ESPN expecting the O's to be up and...It's soccer. I go to Mexican Fox Sports and...it's soccer. I haz sad :--------------(

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Ah Russell Martin. Can always count on you to get that out

plaza234 (Charter Member of Trade Kemp bandwagon)
plaza234 (Charter Member of Trade Kemp bandwagon)

I'd like to see the Dodgers sign Russ Martin in the offseason.  Not completely sold that AJ can keep up what he's doing and since  money is no object..Martin is way better than any other catcher they could get.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @plaza234 I thought the point was to upgrade not downgrade while paying more

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

of course you would, u tend to only like european style anything.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

ill stick with noodles

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

if you ventured to other cultures youd be surprised at what youd find.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

ah. I see a chin. Iz not a double chin. Iz a dimple chin

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

man now i know what im gonna order on my way home

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MSTI OG

i think youre a young asian female posing as an old white guy

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

 @BooGiants Yes, but I don't like him, I never did. I would love to take him back to be the 4th OF and platoon him with Dre, but that's unlikely to happen. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

i still dont get the animosity. Was better than Rbivera daily dosw

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @plaza234  @LakerDodger24 Money IS an object. taking on Crawford's contract is a reason to be worried we dont have any money left NOT an example that money is infinite.

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

 @plaza234  @EephusBlue It doesn't matter if money is no object (It is still). Eephus said it right: The well is not infinite. I doubt Martin is that much better than TFed, to be worth 5 million dollars a year more than TFed. The point of spending money is to get better at positions of need, and catcher is not a position of need, especially when the backup is concerned (they play too few games). SP and one more OF are positions of need. 2B even, but not catcher. 

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

 @plaza234  @EephusBlue TFed is still much cheaper. Spend 5 million on an incentive based contract to Jake Peavy instead of getting that washed up douche. Or a 4th OF since the Dodgers will need to bridge the gap to Crawford and potential platoon Dre. 

plaza234 (Charter Member of Trade Kemp bandwagon)
plaza234 (Charter Member of Trade Kemp bandwagon)

 @EephusBlue i'm almost certain Martin is a better player than Fed...and if paying Martin 5mils a year to a be a part time catcher...i do it...plus it would help keep wear and tear off AJ Ellis..I think Ellis played so much this year because Treanor was terrible.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @plaza234 You only go out and get another catcher if he is a clear upgrade over what you have. And I still take AJ over Martin.  But if you can get a back up that is an upgrade then maybe. Yet as this post points out, you still have TFed who might actaully be a nice compliment to AJ. So why is Martin better than either of those two who are cheap. Money is no object is such a false and misleading statement. Of course it is. The well is not infinite. I would rather some of that money go to AJ as a reward and the rest go to upgrading the rotation or signing Kershaw long term

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @plaza234 again just because catchers normally suck doesnt mean u should try to get a catcher that sucks