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Bullpen Catcher: All the Facts

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Have you ever watched a major league bullpen catcher and wondered exactly how he fit in with the rest of the team?

Well, you came to the right place!

You have questions about the life of a MLB bullpen catcher, and we have the answers!

What is the average bullpen catcher salary?

According to Fangraphs, the average bullpen catcher salary ranges from $30,000 to $60,000 in Major League Baseba..

Are bullpen catchers on the roster?

No. In Major League Baseball, the bullpen catcher is generally part of the coaching staff and is not a member of the 40-man roster. There are several instances, though, where an active catcher slides into the role of bullpen catcher once his playing career ends, though the two jobs don’t overlap.

Do bullpen catchers travel with the team?

Yes, bullpen catchers almost always travel with their teams. This puts them ahead of even some starting pitchers (and their personal catchers), who may not travel with the club if they are not scheduled to pitch during the trip!

But almost every game involves the bullpen in some way, so it’s vital that a team have its bullpen catcher available at all times … including on the road!

What do bullpen catchers do?

The main role of a bullpen catcher is to help warm up relief pitchers during a game. Those hurlers need someone to throw to, after all!

But bullpen catchers may also be called up to help pitchers work out kinks in their delivery or even to provide coaching guidance to pitchers and other catchers, depending on their experience and the situation.

Do bullpen catchers get paid?

Yes, bullpen catchers in the major leagues do get paid a salary.

Can a bullpen catcher play in a game?

No. Because a bullpen catcher is a coach and not an active member of the player roster, he is not permitted to play in a Major League Baseball game.

Can you be a college bullpen catcher?

Yes, most college teams have one or more bullpen catchers. Just like in the major leagues, college pitchers need a place to warm up, particularly when they’re preparing to relieve another pitcher who is still in the game.

That place is the bullpen, and any pitcher who warms up there needs a bullpen catcher to throw, too.

So, yes, provided you are in college and can play the catcher position, it is possible to be a college bullpen catcher.

Are there bullpen catchers in softball?

Yes, there are bullpen catchers in some softball leagues. Professional fast-pitch hurlers, as well as college softball pitchers, face many of the same needs as professional baseball players.

In particular, they need a place to warm up, and someone to catch their pitches when they’re warming up.

That is the role of a bullpen catcher, of course, so there is definitely a need and place for that BP receivers in many softball circuits.

Who is the Yankees bullpen catcher?

Aaron Burnett and Collin Theroux share bullpen catcher duties for the New York Yankees in 2022.

Who is the Mets bullpen catcher?

Eric Langill and Dave Racaniello share bullpen catcher duties for the New York Mets in 2022.

Who is the Dodgers bullpen catcher?

Steve Cilladi is the bullpen catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022.

Who is the Astros bullpen catcher?

Javier Bracamonte is the bullpen catcher for the Houston Astros in 2022.

Who is the Reds bullpen catcher?

Jose Duarte is the bullpen catcher for the Cincinnati Reds in 2022.

Who is the Cubs bullpen catcher?

Chris Young is the bullpen catcher for the Chicago Cubs in 2022.

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