Snyder coming through in clutch
Catcher's second-half numbers rate with MLB's best
PHOENIX -- Chris Snyder's .250 average might not attract accolades, but the D-backs' primary backstop ranks among Major League leaders in numerous categories and has helmed an effective pitching staff.
Since the All-Star break, he leads all regular Major League catchers with 23 RBIs, a .422 on-base percentage and a .580 slugging average entering Thursday. He also has four homers in his past eight games.
"I just feel good up there," Snyder said. "Everything feels like it's in synch."
Snyder's strong second half has helped boost his season numbers into impressive territory. Among all catchers with 300 or more plate appearances this season, Snyder ranks fifth with an .840 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) percentage and second with his .949 OPS with runners in scoring position.
There's no secret behind the clutch success, though.
"Simplicity," Snyder said. "There's nothing that really changes. I'm going to try to see a lot of pitches and have a productive at-bat."
Snyder is the only qualifying catcher in the Major Leagues who has yet to commit an error and has thrown out 30.2 percent of would-be basestealers.
Due to a three-week stint on the disabled list, Snyder has played in only 82 of Arizona's 127 games, but the Diamondbacks have quite a capable fill-in in Miguel Montero. Montero's .280 average and 14 extra-base hits in 125 at-bats make it easier for Snyder to sit and watch when he's not in the lineup.
"Miggy's a great hitter," Snyder said. "He can drive the ball, he can drive in runs. It helps the team a lot."
Montero is also enjoying a torrid second half, with a .314 average since the break. In August, he's collected seven hits in 16 at-bats, including three home runs, entering Thursday.
Mark Thoma is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.