2022 Texas Rangers Position Battles: Catcher and Third Base

Chris Bachman
Oct 2, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (28) celebrates his three-run home run with designated hitter Nathaniel Lowe (left) and first baseman Andy Ibanez (77) during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (28) celebrates his three-run home run with designated hitter Nathaniel Lowe (left) and first baseman Andy Ibanez (77) during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports /
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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 25: Jose Trevino #23 of the Texas Rangers fields a bunt during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 25, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 25: Jose Trevino #23 of the Texas Rangers fields a bunt during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 25, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

2022 Texas Rangers position battles

Back-up Catcher

With the relatively surprising trade for Mitch Garver, the starting catcher spot is taken. Combine that with reports of Chris Woodward stating the club does no plan to carry three catchers, and that leaves just one spot for Jonah Heim or Jose Trevino.

Both of these catchers utilize excellent defense and play calling, ranking one and two in defensive metrics. Looking back at their 2021 numbers, Jose Trevino had 285 at bats to Heim’s 265 with a slash of .239/.267.340 for the former and .196/.239/.358 for the latter. Trevino only managed five home runs though to Heim’s 10, giving the edge to Heim on power.

This has been a hotly contested spot and neither has seized the opportunity yet. Looking at their peripherals, Trevino is 29 years old and isn’t a free agent until after the 2025 season (one year team control/three years of Arb). Heim is 26 years old and becomes a free agent after the 2026 season (two years team control/three years of Arb). Team control and time manipulation aren’t exactly what the Texas Rangers front office is known for and I don’t think they’ll do that here.

That being said, it still makes more sense to have Trevino up for big league teams to gawk at and create a trade situation. This also allows Heim to have more time spent with a more competitive roster in the coming years.

Final Call: Jose Trevino

This isn’t just about making Trevino a more valuable trade piece or keeping Heim in Arlington for longer. Jose, as prior mentioned,  is a skilled back stop whose clubhouse presence and leadership could legitimately win him this role.

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