New O’s catcher has best years ahead of him

November 20, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Once rated the best defensive catching prospect in the Cincinnati Reds organization, 26 year old Craig Tatum may have just received a new lease on his baseball life today when he was claimed off waivers by the Orioles.

Tatum spent most of 2009 at Triple A Louisville, where he had nearly an RBI in every three games (21 RBI/64 games).   He did have a brief stint with the Reds, playing in 26 games a season ago.  He did not allow more than one passed ball in any of those 26 games and also cracked a home run while up in the big leagues.

To be fair, he wasn’t given much of a chance with the Reds.  Their loss is Baltimore’s gain, it would appear.

Although the O’s have Matt Wieters locked in as the everyday catcher in 2009, it’s always good to have a solid back-up and, in the event of injury, someone (like Tatum) with major league experience who can fill in if necessary. 

To make room for Tatum, the O’s designated pitcher Chris Waters for assignment.