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Treanor could get call to catch

Minor leaguer would be first call-up in a pinch

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com Buy tickets


JUPITER, Fla. -- After waiting patiently for nearly six seasons, minor league catcher Matt Treanor could finally get his big-league break.

The 28-year-old may not make the Opening Day roster, but he is the frontrunner to get called up in case of injury or emergency.


"I hope so," Treanor said of his chances to see Major League action. "I've caught a lot of these guys. I've got to make sure they have confidence in me when I get out there so if they do need help, I'll be able to step in without them having to worry about getting this guy in a trade or having to spend money on somebody."


In 2000 during Spring Training, Treanor caught Josh Beckett's first professional game with the Marlins. Last Spring, Treanor was behind the plate when Brad Penny grazed then Montreal outfielder Vladimir Guerrero with a pitch, prompting a skirmish.


During the past three seasons, the Marlins kept three catchers, leaving little opportunity for a minor leaguer to move up.


Mike Redmond and Ramon Castro will likely split the position vacated now that Ivan Rodriguez has signed with the Tigers.


Once the season starts, Castro's status partly depends on the outcome of his upcoming trial. Castro was charged with sexual assault last year and a May 3 trial date has been set in Pittsburgh.



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Treanor spent all of last season at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he hit .273 with 18 doubles, one triple, 11 homers and 40 RBIs. He was acquired by the Marlins from Kansas City in 1997, and has moved up through the system ever since.


Josh Willingham, a rising prospect, is considered to have a tremendous upside. But Willingham needs more minor league seasoning behind the plate before move up to the Major League level.


Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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