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Jose Trevino’s Transformation

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Entering this season, the Yankees essentially planned to punt offense at the catcher position. Kyle Higashioka (lifetime 63 wRC+ through 2021) and Ben Rortvedt (40 wRC+ in 98 MLB plate appearances) were set to share time behind the plate as defense-first backstops while the team showed Gary Sánchez the door. Then, a Rortvedt injury led to the Yankees making what seemed like an innocuous trade: the acquisition of Jose Trevino.

Trevino was cut from the same cloth as Higgy and Rortvedt: a plus defender without much to offer as a hitter. He posted a measly 66 wRC+ in 519 plate appearances for the Rangers pre-trade. Now that he’s donned pinstripes, he’s suddenly hitting like an All-Star: .300/.346/.490 (141 wRC+) in 107 trips to the plate. Where did this come from?

The easy answer, as always, is small sample size noise. It’s just 107 plate appearances, after all. And if you really slice and dice it, the period in which he’s been a great hitter is even shorter:

  • Through May 15: 51 PA, .170/.235/.191, .195 BABIP (27 WRC+)
  • After May 15: 56 PA, .415/.446/.755, .425 BABIP (245 wRC+)

Trevino inevitably will cool off. That’s baseball. But at the same time, there is some evidence that Trevino is an improved (or at the minimum, a different) hitter.

Yankees Acquire Catcher Jose Trevino from Rangers

The Yankees’ catching situation heading into Opening Day got a little clearer this Saturday evening as the team traded pitchers Albert Abreu and Robert Ahlstrom to the Texas Rangers for catcher Jose Trevino.

Trevino, who just turned 29 in November and hails from Corpus Christi, Texas, was drafted by Texas in the 6th round of the 2014 draft out of Oral Roberts University. He has spent his entire professional career with the Rangers, having debuted in the majors on June 15, 2018. Since then, he’s appeared in 156 games and has hit .245/.270/.364/.634 (70 OPS+). Defense is where Trevino shines, having ranked third in the majors in Statcast framing runs last year:

He’ll slot in as the backup to Kyle Higashioka with Ben Rortvedt injured.

Albert Abreu–who, despite great stuff could never stick–is gone to Texas along with lefty Robert Ahlstrom, whom the Yankees picked in the 7th round in 2021. He was not on Baseball America’s top-40 Yankee prospects, but was the highest-unranked lefty pitcher:

The implication of the trade is clearly that the Yankees are doubling down on defense behind the dish in the wake of trading Gary Sanchez to the Twins. If nothing else, though, Trevino likely passes the ‘better than Rob Brantly’ test, so there’s that.

Welcome to the Bronx, Jose!

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