Improved defense is earning
the label “catcher of the future.”
Baseball America, citing his improved footwork and throwing, named Varsho the farm system’s top player at the season’s midway point.
The left-handed hitter had a .300 batting average through 107 career games. In the high Class A California League this year, he was at .290 with eight homers in 57 games before breaking the hamate bone in his right hand.
Varsho, whose father, Gary, was an eight-year major league outfielder, has been impressive as a defender as well.
“He’s a legit, everyday major leaguer,” farm director
said. “He’s athletic, explosive. He has power and speed. He’s a good framer, and everything he does behind the plate is solid. He’s got the whole package — as a catcher.”
❚ A rehab assignment for pitcher will be set this week. Manager
told MLB.com that Buchholz, who went on the disabled list June 25 because of a strained muscle in his side, is progressing well.
Daulton Bell Lovullo Varsho Clay Buchholz Mike Torey
San Diego first baseman Eric Hosmer’s power is down this season. After hitting 25 home runs each of the past two seasons, he has nine through 87 games.