What can the Rangers expect from Jose Trevino in 2021?

Sep 18, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Jose Trevino (56) hits a fly ball during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Jose Trevino (56) hits a fly ball during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Catcher Jose Trevino was one of the bright spots during the 2020 season for the Texas Rangers. What can we expect from the MiLB Gold Glover in 2021?

Fresh off of Jose Trevino’s annual toy drive, the Texas Rangers‘ starting catcher is getting back into the swing of the off-season.

His charitable actions are not the only impressive acts he has performed over the past year, though, as he also posted great numbers during the shortened 2020 season.

Texas Rangers' Jose Trevino Toy Drive
Texas Rangers’ catcher and Corpus Christi native Jose Trevino removes his mask to film a promotion for his annual toy drive, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at Westside Helping Hands. The toy drive purchased over $6,000 worth of toys for Christmas. /

So, can Jose Trevino repeat his excellent 2020 season and maintain his great defense in 2021?

Taking a deeper dive into the advanced analytics, Trevino projects very well regarding his offense.

Jose Trevino took some big steps forward at the plate and behind the dish for the Texas Rangers in 2020.

In 2020, Trevino saw an increase in fastballs and off-speed pitches tossed to him as a hitter.

Those increases have seemingly paid off for all parties, as Trevino’s exit velocity on fastballs has increased seven miles per hour over the past three seasons, as well as two miles per hour on off-speed pitches.

Regarding Trevino’s hard hit percentage in 2020, he increased his percentages on both fastballs and off-speed pitches.

Trevino also cut down on his chase rate in 2020.

On fastballs, off-speed, and breaking balls, Trevino chopped his swing totals by roughly 10% combined.

These advanced analytics are a very good sign for the Texas Rangers, who now finally have some offense with Trevino to pair with his solid defense.

Texas Rangers' Jose Trevino
Texas Rangers' Jose Trevino /

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Speaking of defense, the 28-year-old catcher showed why his glove was valuable with a 49% overall called strike rate on pitches thrown to him in 2020.

While his pitch framing can certainly improve, Trevino did have a nearly 70% called strike rate on pitches on the inside corner and close to 60% on those that painted the outside corner.

Overall, it appears as though Jose Trevino has become an all-around great ballplayer, yet with room still to grow.

Additionally, his strong relationship with the Texas Rangers’ pitching staff gives him important clubhouse intangibles that can’t be measured on any stat line.

All of these factors combine to make a great catcher, which Texas now seems to possess.

Overall, I expect Trevino to have a very productive 2021 while filling a crucial leadership role behind the plate.

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