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Brandon Snyder Gives Rangers Flexibility At Catcher

When reading Richard Durrett's report of Robbie Ross making the Major League bullpen, you'll find an interesting note at the bottom:

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Snyder is also a third catcher and could give Washington some security in playing both Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba in the same lineup at times. Washington said if a catcher got injured early in the game, he'd likely just lose the DH and play one of his regular catchers. But if it was the seventh inning or so, he could put Snyder in for two innings.

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Importantly, it sounds like Washington won't shy away from having the best hitter on the team DH just because of how an unlikely occurrence could affect one, single game. That is probably because Snyder is there in this scenario, but it would still be a welcome change in strategy.

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Snyder played 79 games at catcher in the minors, though only one since 2006. Six years is a long time, and there is probably a good reason he hasn't been a catcher since, but we're only talking about emergencies.

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