Yan Gomes, Catcher, Cleveland Indians, #7
Date of Birth: 7/19/1987
Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil
College: University of Tennessee, Barry University
Current Salary: $4,583,333
Yan Gomes, catcher for the Cleveland Indians, was first drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. After spending almost four years in the minor leagues, Gomes was called up to the Blue Jays in 2012 to play in 43 games with them.
The Blue Jays traded Gomes to the Indians in November, 2012. In 2013, his first season with the Indians, Gomes batted .294 with 86 hits and 18 doubles in 88 games. As a catcher, he played in 85 games and made 663 putouts and 3 errors with a .996 fielding percentage. He caught players stealing an impressive 40.8% of the time.
At the end of March, 2014, Gomes and the Indians agreed on a six-year, $23 million contract extension. He won his first Silver Slugger award in 2014. He finished the season with 135 hits, 25 doubles, 21 home runs, 74 RBIs, and a .278 batting average.
Gomes spent time on the DL in 2015. He played in 95 games with the Indians. He finished the season with a .231 batting average, 84 hits, 22 doubles, and 45 RBIs. As a catcher in 91 games, he made 58 assists, 746 putouts, and 3 errors. He caught players trying to steal 32.8% of the time and he had a .996 fielding percentage.
Gomes was again on the DL in 2016. He finished the season with 42 hits and a .167 batting average in 74 games with the Indians. Defensively, as the Indians' catcher in 73 games, he made 32 assists, 539 putouts, and 3 errors. He had a .995 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 36.7% of the time. In the postseason, he had no hits and 2 strikeouts in 4 at-bats in 4 games.
Career batting statistics for Gomes through 2016 include:
- 435 games played
- 367 hits
- 204 RBIs
- 392 strikeouts to 70 walks
- .246 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Gomes as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 384 games played
- 228 assists
- 3,035 putouts
- 23 errors
- .346 caught stealing percentage
- .993 fielding percentage