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Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 FANTASY BASEBALL CATCHERS I LIKE/HATE MORE THAN YOU

I am rolling out a new feature this week called "Players I Like/Hate More Than You" from each position around the diamond.  These are guys I have great interest in drafting and guys who I will stay far away from.  So without further delay let's get this started by taking a look at how made the respective lists among the catchers.

2014 CATCHERS I LIKE MORE THAN YOU

1.  Jonathan Lucroy:  This is my guy for 2014 as Lucroy in my opinion is the best catching bargain there is.  Lucroy comes off a .280/18 HR/82 RBI season where he also stole 9 bases.  Yet the fantasy baseball community continue to ignore him.  Thank you very much. 

2.  Salvador Perez:  I was all-in on Perez as a sleeper for 2013 which was a prediction that didn't look good early on.  However Perez is one of the best pure hitting catchers in baseball and he rallied to finish with a .292 average and 13 home runs.  The price is dirt cheap and since you shouldn't draft a catcher until late anyway, this could be your guy.

3.  Wilson Ramos:  There has never been any doubt about Ramos' ability to handle the bat.  What has always been in doubt is his ability to stay healthy which is a perennial challenge.  However Ramos reminded us how intriguing he can be by hitting 16 home runs in only 287 at-bats last season.  This one could pay off big time if Ramos can somehow stay in one piece. 

2014 CATCHERS I HATE MORE THAN YOU

1.  Buster Posey:  I really have the utmost respect for Posey and what he can do with the bat but not at his usual late second/third round draft price.  Last season Posey's numbers tumbled a bit and were more befitting of a sixth round guy.  That means owners overpaid by three round for the guy.  Also don't forget the broken leg that ruined Posey's 2011 season after he went as a high draft pick again.  The hazards of catching are well-documented and so the price is completely not right here.

2.  Yadier Molina:  From a defensive standpoint Molina would be a first round draft pick of mine but from a hitting angle that outlook changes.  Molina is now 32 which is a dangerous age for catchers and the 22 home runs he hit back in 2012 were a big time outlier number.  Again the price is too high for a guy who is likely going to slide as soon as this season.

3.  Joe Mauer:  Mauer has been a bust candidate of mine for years and rightfully so.  The guy can barely hit 10 home runs, he can't ever stay healthy, and his ballpark stinks.  Oh and now all of a sudden the childish looks of Mauer hide the fact he is 32.  This is the last season Mauer will qualify at catcher since he is moving to first base permanently so I no longer have to pan him when discussing backstop options.

Let me know what names qualify in each category for you.  Post below.




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