Yan Gomes will be Indians’ full-time catcher in ’14

Indians catcher Yan Gomes certainly made an impression last season, on fans — and Tribe manager Terry Francona.

In an interview with Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan Wednesday, the A.L. Manager of the Year announced that Gomes, who played in 88 games last season, will be the Indians’ full-time catcher in 2014.

Gomes had been a part-time catcher behind Carlos Santana with the occasional day as the designated hitter. He was initially brought in by the Indians to be a defensive specialist behind Santana, but often found himself in situations where a big hit could make a difference and he was able to deliver; many times with a big home run.

While it wasn’t due to a lack of effort (Santana devoted a lot of extra time learning the position from Indians first base coach and former catcher Sandy Alomar Jr.), Santana became somewhat of a liability behind the plate, allowing a number of passed balls and defensive errors. While Gomes is still developing, he proved himself as the more competent defensive player.

Santana is expected to play the bulk of the season as the Indians designated hitter, but will also see time at first base and as a backup to Gomes.