Rays Reportedly Acquire Reds Catcher Ryan Hanigan
On November 8th the Cincinnati Reds signed catcher Bryan Pena to a 2-year contract and immediately rumors of the Rays and Ryan Hanigan began. The talks seemed to quiet down after the team signed Jose Molina and had Jose Lobaton coming back.
But it appears that the Rays have in fact acquired Hanigan.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2013
Last year Hanigan struggled with the bat hitting just .198 (44 for 222) but as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors points out provides a quick look at Hanigan’s season:
The main culprit in Hanigan’s poor season appears to have been a .216 batting average on balls in play. That number figures to trend back toward his career mark of .283, especially when considering that Hanigan’s batted-ball profile didn’t radically change in 2013. In fact, Hanigan’s 21.5 percent line-drive rate was actually a slight increase over his 2012 mark (21.2 percent) and is right in line with his career mark (21.9 percent).
Despite a poor showing in 2013 Hanigan has been a productive hitter posting a career slash line of .262/.359/.343 and has thrown out 40% of the runners trying to steal against him.