Saturday, March 6, 2010

Catcher - 2010 Rankings

I am not going to spend a lot of time on catcher, and neither should you. I don’t like spending a high pick on a catcher. My goal is to find a player in the later rounds who is healthy and will not hurt you in any categories.

First Tier

Joe Mauer – Twins

Joe Mauer had an incredible season in 2009 with a line of .365/28/96. However, his power numbers were tremendously increased from previous career highs. Mauer’s 28 HRs marked only the second time that he reached double digits in HRs (previous high was 13 in 2006). With such a discrepancy, it is logical to worry about a reduction to the mean. With Mauer costing a premium pick (current 7.5 rank), I would draft a safe IF (Longoria, Fielder, Howard, Teixeira, Cabrera).

Second Tier

Victor Martinez – Red Sox

VM is in a contract year and will be allowed to spend more time at 1B and DH, allowing him some extra rest. I would consider using a 3rd round pick on him, but I would rather grab a good Middle IF (Roberts, Phillps, Cano, Reyes).

The rest of my Top 10

Brian McCann, Russell Martin, Miguel Montero, Kurt Suzuki, Jorge Posada, Mike Napoli, Geovany Soto, Matt Wieters.

I really like Kurt Suzuki. Healthy (147 Games), plays for an AL team, and puts up solid numbers (.274/15/88). He is great pick at 149.7 ADP.

I believe the correct way to pronounce Matt Wieters is “2009 Geovany Soto.” Don’t waste a high pick on the prospect.

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