The Boston Red Sox have been using a platoon of two catchers to begin the season with Reese McGuire and Connor Wong, but the ladder may be seeing more playing time coming his way very soon.
During Tuesday’s win over the Toronto Blue Jays, Wong had a big part in that victory. Wong impressed with a 4-4 day which included two big home runs and a double that would’ve been a home run in every ballpark except Fenway, of course. That marked Wong’s first career multi-homer game.
Not only did he have a multi-homer day, this also marked back to back games that the young Sox catcher has hit a home run in. Over his last three games, Wong is batting .750 with an OPS of 2.33, just absurd numbers.
Boston Red Sox catcher Connor Wong is looking to take on a bigger role with the team
To begin the year, Wong started off slow and the only way I could justify him playing was because of his defense as he’s thrown out six batters so far this season which puts him tied for fourth in the league.
Defensively, Wong has always been the batter catcher compared to McGuire, but for most of the season I was on board the “Reese McGuire should be playing a significant role” train because of his offense. Connor Wong has quickly shut the door closed on that argument with his recent play and by all signs of how he’s been playing he may not be slowing down anytime soon.
Another aspect of the game that Wong brings to the table rather than McGuire is his speed. His 81st percentile sprint speed is third best on the team behind Jarren Duran and Ramie Tapia. Not only is he the third fastest on the team, he’s the third fastest catcher in the whole MLB according to baseball savant.
If we keep looking at the advanced analytics, Wong has one of the best pop times in all of baseball, ranking in the 93rd percentile, trailing only J.T. Realmuto for the fastest time.
Offensively, when the young catcher gets ahold of the ball, he makes good contact. 87th percentile in average exit velocity and 69th percentile in hard hit percentage.
It’s going to be fun this season when Wong’s role with the team inevitably increases since he’s seeming to find his stride with the team and the flow of a long regular season.
For now, I’m still okay with the platoon role that him and McGuire have been in, but I would not be surprised if Wong slowly starts to get a majority of the starts behind the dish.