The Phillies catching situation has Cameron Rupp at the top of the depth chart and then a bunch of names grouped together below that to back him up. Veteran Bryan Holaday has been added to that list that already includes Andrew Knapp and Jorge Alfaro, with Alfaro most likely to start the season as the starter at Triple-A.
Holaday has played in the majors with Detroit, Texas and Boston before signing with the Phillies. Since he signed a minor league deal, there was no need to open a spot for him on the 40-man roster.
The Tigers drafted Holaday in the sixth round of the 2010 Draft and he made his major league debut almost two years to the day after the draft. Prior to the 2016 season, Holaday was dealt to Texas, but was put on waivers in early August, and was grabbed by Boston, where he spent the rest of the season. Following the season, Boston non-tendered him, making him a free agent. Had he been tendered, Holaday would have likely made up to $900-thousand in arbitration.
In 152 major league games, Holaday has a line of 5-44-.245/.282/.346 and hit a combined .231 with Texas and Boston last season. Defensively, he has a career fielding percentage of .988, just under the major league average of .993 for catchers. He has also thrown out 28-percent of runners attempting to steal against him, which is the major league average over that period.
Knapp became the front-runner to the backup job when A.J. Ellis signed with the Marlins after becoming a free agent. Knapp has never played in the majors, but could still win the job. Alfaro will be the every day catcher at Lehigh Valley, with either Knapp or Holaday likely to back him up.