I’ve actually never played in a two-catcher league, but the Baseball Professor early bird mock draft is formatted for us to start two catchers, and it has led me to a game changing theory!
Catcher is a deep position…OK, so not so game changing, but still better than this apparently “game changing” sandwich.
If you’ve been following the draft you will notice that I still don’t have my second catcher and that’s no accident. It’s because there are a lot of guys who would be considered outside the top 10 or 12 at the position that I think have a legitimate shot, or at the very least a puncher’s chance, to get there this year.
Without further adieu, here is list number 8, enjoy.
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Catchers Who Have a Shot at the Top 10 in 2014
Wilson Ramos — He really raked over the second half of season. Really, really, really raked. In just 78 games, he had 16 HR and 59 RBI. That’s what I like to call a “Whoa baby” pace. I know, it’s completely unsustainable and catchers will always miss or sit out plenty of games, but that’s still a 162 game pace of 34 HR and 123 RBI. Now, I know he isn’t anywhere close to that good, but even if he puts up 60% of those numbers he’ll be knocking on the door as a top 12 catcher. Oh yeah, and another thing — he’s only 26.
Evan Gattis — It’s not an absolute fact that Brian McCann will leave the Braves, but it’s pretty darn close. That leaves a rather large hole in their offense. Out of the catcher spot especially, it will be awfully difficult for the Braves to find similar production to McCann. I doubt Atlanta will look past Gattis, especially given his price tag. From a fantasy perspective, Gattis will never be the complete player that McCann was, but just like chicks, fantasy players dig the long ball (as well as the chicks that dig the long ball). Gattis hit 21 homers last year, which was good for 4th among the position. If he can hit about 20 points higher in BA, which I know is easier said than done, he has a good chance to climb the catcher rankings.
Miguel Montero — Someone must have given this guy a hall pass last year, because after two straight seasons of top-10 worthy production he completely disappeared. I can’t completely disregard his previous 15 HR, 80+ RBI seasons because of one down year. This could just be shame on me, but I’m willing to forgive and forget.
Yasmani Grandal — He hasn’t been able to get in a groove because his seasons keep getting cut short by injury or suspension. So annoying. That said, he’s still only 25 and has top-level talent, and scouts used to rave about him all the time. He’s a career .310 minor league hitter with 20 HR in 180 total games, and it was just a year ago (2012) that he put up great numbers in the majors too — 8 HR, 36 RBI, and a .297 BA in just 60 games. I wouldn’t be shocked if he turns out to be the best player on this list.
Travis d’Arnaud — According to Baseball America d’Arnaud has been a top 25 prospect for the last few years. I really don’t care that he struggled after getting called up last year — it happens to the best of ’em — and d’Arnaud is indeed the best of ’em (when healthy). He should have a clear path to the full time gig next year if for no other reason than because the Mets need to see what they have with him (assuming they don’t trade him). If he puts it all together, he has the potential to be a great source of positional average and power regardless of what Foul Paul! says about the Mets.
Carlos Ruiz — To be honest, I never really believed in Ruiz, even after his magical 2012. The only reason he’s on this list is because he has done it before. I know you don’t pay for past results, but just one year removed from a 16 HR, 68 RBI season? I think he needs to at least be acknowledged. I won’t be targeting him per say, but I won’t be shocked if he turns out to be useful in two catcher leagues either.
Devin Mesoraco — I wrote about him already in a previous list, so excuse the double dip. I can see George Costanza getting yelled at now, but nothing has changed since I wrote that post. I still believe in Mesoraco, and he’s still a catcher. The guy has 20 HR in him, easily, and it won’t be long before he’s fantasy relevant.
Josmil Pinto — Another double dip! What can I say, new content is overrated. Seriously though, Pinto crushed it last year when he played, and I think there’s a real possibility Joe Mauer starts playing more first base. You need to wait and see how the Twins play it as we approach next April, but don’t forget about Pinto, especially for your deep leagues.
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