Baseball Preview: Catchers

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • February 12, 2013 06:42 PM
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West Virginia will carry three catchers on the roster in 2013. Senior Alan Filauro took over the starting role in late March last season.

Alan Filauro can really catch and throw. I think he’s going to shut down the running game with the help of the pitchers,” coach Randy Mazey says. “Max Nogay, who split time with Filauro last year, swung the bat well this fall and Ray Guerrini has been a real good surprise. He looks like he can eventually be a really good player for us.”

The strong-armed junior college transfer threw out 30 percent of base runners last season and committed six errors after becoming the everyday starter. At the plate, Filauro was tied for third on the team with nine doubles, while driving in 12 runs at the bottom of the order.

“He can really throw, he’s very accurate and has a lot of arms strength. He catches the ball really well. I’d like to see him control the pitchers a lot more and control the game a lot more. All three of those guys may see some time this year. It’s too early to tell who will win that job.

Sophomore Max Nogay has experience behind the plate after starting 25 games last season and serving as a bullpen catcher during his redshirt season. The former infielder did not commit an error in 2012 and threw out six potential base stealers. Nogay hit two home runs in back-to-back games, while knocking three doubles.

Freshman Ray Guerrini will provide depth and serve as the bullpen catch in 2013. Guerrini earned All-Ohio First Team honors in 2012, while batting .462 with 30 runs, 12 extra-base hits and 40 RBIs at Mayfield High.

“I think with those three guys and our system of holding runners, we’re going to be able to control the running game well,” Mazey says. “Filauro at times showed ability with the bat in the fall, so I like our situation back there.”