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2012 Dodgers exit interviews: Catchers

A look back at the three catchers for the 2012 Dodgers.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Our next look back at 2012 is a review of the backstops, which had just two players start the first 161 games of the season behind the plate. Dodgers catchers hit .250/.354/.385 on the season, with a 108 OPS+ that was sixth in the National League, and led the circuit with 79 walks.

Here is a look back at the trio of catchers for the 2012 Dodgers.

A.J. Ellis

What went right: Ellis came into his age-31 season full of questions, having started just 62 major league games. But he answered every one in the affirmative. Not only did Ellis prove to be durable behind the plate, finishing fourth in baseball in games caught, starts and innings behind the plate, but his offense was a plus, too. Ellis led the team with a .373 on-base percentage and 65 walks, and established a personal career high with 13 home runs. Ellis drove in a run in six straight games from Sept. 23-30, the longest streak of the season by a Dodger.

What went wrong: Ellis had 11 passed balls, third most in the major leagues. Though just two of those came after the All-Star break. "It's just concentration level and focus. We always talk about catchers and first basemen always expecting a bad throw," Ellis said. "You get comfortable and spoiled by these major league guys who throw the ball to the right spot, but they're going to make mistakes and you have to always be on alert and be ready for it."

2013 status: Ellis will be eligible for arbitration as a Super Two player, in line for a raise over his $490,000 salary in 2012.

Matt Treanor

What went right: With Ellis starting so many games, Treanor didn't get much playing time but proved to be a capable backup in the first half. He was hitting .295/.353/.523 with two home runs and seven RBI in 14 games through June 17, which included a six-game hitting streak and hits in nine of his last 10 starts. Treanor's wife, Misty May-Treanor, won her third straight Olympic gold medal in Beach volleyball in London. Chris Capuano was 7-7 with a 3.20 ERA i 17 starts with Treanor as his catcher, with a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and 5-5 with a 4.36 ERA and a 2.07 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 16 starts with Ellis.

What went wrong: Had two stints of over a month without a hit after his hot start, from June 17 to July 21 and from July 26 to Sept. 19. Treanor finished his season in a 5-for-61 slump, and hit .175/.281/.282 on the season.

2013 status: Treanor has a $950,000 club option for next year, with a $150,000 buyout.

Tim Federowicz

What went right: Federowicz was named an All-Star in Triple A Albuquerque and made the all Pacific Coast League first team after hitting .294/.371/.461 with 34 doubles and 52 walks in 115 games with the Isotopes, his first full year in Triple A.

What went wrong: Federowicz may have gotten bored in September, as he accumulated all of four plate appearances and 10 innings caught in 29 games after getting called up.

2013 status: Federowicz has 56 days of service time, and two option years left. General manager Ned Colletti said Federowicz, who turned 25 in August, would have a shot at the backup catcher job in spring training, with any veteran backups brought in likely signed to a minor-league deal. "I think Tim had a real good year. From where he was a year ago to what he became this year," Colletti said. "Again, you have to compete for the time and compete for the place in February. But we have much more confidence in him than we did a year ago."