Blue Jays’ Happ: Saltalamacchia aiming to improve behind the plate

Blue Jays 20-game winner J.A. Happ talks about what Jarrod Saltalamacchia has brought to the team in a very short time, and identifies a couple of young pitchers who have really impressed him so far in camp.

It’s looking increasingly likely that the Toronto Blue Jays will break camp with Jarrod Saltalamacchia as their backup catcher. The veteran switch-hitter, signed to a minor-league deal in February, is primarily known for his offensive abilities, but according to Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ, don’t sleep on Saltalamacchia’s work behind the plate.

“We’re really beginning to get on the same page,” Happ told Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt on Friday. The battery mates worked together during Happ’s first two outings in spring training, as well as his most recent bullpen session.

“He’s big time into being a defensive catcher and focusing on that,” said Happ. “There’s reasons he’s been playing for 10 years, too. He does a lot of that stuff well. I think he’s going to bring some leadership and some knowledge to our staff. I’ve enjoyed starting to get to know him.”

Happ, who’s coming off a season in which he tossed a career-high 195.0 innings, also shared his thoughts on a few minor-league left-handers who’ve impressed him so far in Dunedin, Fla. To find out who they are and to hear the entire interview, check out the audio player below.

 
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