His name is Tim Federowicz, and it is pronounced “fed-ur-OH-vitch“, but many just call him FedEx.
Federowicz is 24 years old (he will be 25 in August), and was Boston’s seventh selection in the 2008 draft. In 2010, he was rated by Baseball America to be the 21st rated prospect in the Boston Red Sox system. In 2011, at Double-A Portland in the Red Sox system, Federowicz hit .277 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs in 90 games. He also threw out 37% of would be base runners, AND HIS MINOR LEAGUE AVERAGE IS 33%, HOWEVER HE ONLY THREW OUT 22% OF THE RUNNERS AT Albuquerque. Blip on the radar? Probably.
At AAA Albuquerque, his batting average climbed nearly fifty points to .325, but it was only a little over 100 AB’s – and he hit 6 Home Runs! Another blip? Yes, he’s not THAT good!
However, he is good – Tim has a prototypical catcher’s build, at 5-11 and 200 pounds, and he is very athleteic with quick feet and a fairly strong arm, with one of the the quickest releases I have seen in a while.
Pitchers seem to like Tim’s ability to call a game, and (here it comes) he’s a great guy, a good clubhouse guy. He’s blue collar and is a hard-worker.
The stats guys don’t think he’s sexy enough and he’s often not in anyone’s Top 20 Dodger prospects. He’s in my Top 10, and in fact, I will not be surprised if he is the starting catcher for the Dodgers next season. There are two reasons for this:
- FedEx is the real deal, and I think he can be a solid major league starting catcher; and
- I love A.J. Ellis, but he’s not the defensive catcher many think he is – I see him as a solid backup guy who can do well in stretches but will flounder if he has to play every day. That’s just my opinion.
Of course, Ned Colletti has spoke glowingly about FedEx (of course he has-he has to), but I will say that he’s the best Dodger Rookie Catcher I’ve seen since one Russell Martin jumped from Jacksonville to LA in 2006.
If there is one area of his game that FedEx needs to improve, it is his ability to take a walk. His walk rate is improving and he is a smart kid, so I think he will develop more in that area as time passes. He may not break with the team out of spring training, but look for him in LA THIS YEAR!