What’s a reasonable/fair expectation of games caught – stress CAUGHT and not overall games played - for a college catcher who is the team’s starting/primary catcher – assuming that the team plays about 50 games in their season?
I have seen it go both ways. I know some college coaches, assuming that they have a capable #2 are going to try and split it as much as possible where the primary catcher will catch around 25 games, probably 30 games, and maybe around 40 at the max.
But, I have seen some other college coaches who will ride their #1 as much as possible – catching just about every game, including catching on Friday and then catching BOTH games of a doubleheader on Saturday, week after week, all season long.
I also know of one Juco catcher who recently caught 50 of the 51 games that his team played one season. (How that is good for the player, I don’t know?)
Personally, I think 30 a reasonable number. That’s catching more than half the games. And, it’s a number that will probably mean a kid is not catching both games of doubleheaders. But, maybe I am in the minority here? What’s your opinion?