We're nearly half way through the MLB season and so far the kings of the National League have been the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are currently cruising with a 47-31 record, which is good enough for first in the NL. While their superstar player has been flamboyant five tool centerfielder Carlos Gomez, perhaps their most important player has been catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who has made his case as one of the game's emerging stars.
Buster Posey and Yadier Molina are the "kings of catching", but that is because of what they've done in the past. In my opinion, Lucroy has had more impact on the Brewers success than Molina or Posey have had on the success of their teams. Lucroy's numbers at the plate have been pretty impressive:
.331 average, 8 HR's, 39 RBI's, .917 OPS
And, to add to the success that he has had at the plate, he's been just as good behind the plate. We know that it is almost impossible to steal bases against Yadier Molina, but it is also difficult to steal on Lucroy. Lucroy is an intelligent catcher, which is one of the many good traits that are overlooked. The dominance of pitchers like Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo has a lot to do with Lucroy's intelligence behind the plate.
It's a shame that Jonathan Lucroy probably won't be traveling to Minneapolis for the midsummer classic. He definitely deserves it. He just doesn't get enough publicity. Most fans overlook Lucroy and his achievements because of Posey and Molina. For now, Molina and Posey may be the most popular and well recognized catchers in the game of baseball, but soon enough, Lucroy will catch everybody's attention as an elite catcher.