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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 FANTASY BASEBALL OVERRATED/UNDERRATED/PRICED RIGHT: CATCHERS

We are going to roll out another feature today as 2015 fantasy baseball drafts continue unabated.  Starting with the catchers, we have grouped the fantasy baseball worthy guys into three different categories of overrated, underrated, and priced right.  By now we have gone into depth on most of these players already but it is always good to understand which guys can give the most value based on lowered than they should be draft prices and those who won’t supply the type of pop they are expected based on a higher than it should be draft cost.  So with that said let’s take a look at how things break down at catcher.

OVERRATED

Buster Posey:  Great hitter but second or third round price tag too rich for any catcher. 

Yadier Molina:  Aging and rate hitting stats starting to slide.  Plus Molina dealt with injuries that took away a chunk of 2014.

Salvador Perez:  Used to be a fan but Perez’ average is sinking after being a .300 guy from 2012-13 and his plate discipline is horrific. 

Jason Castro:  Ongoing knee problems, high K rate, and looming threat of Hank Conger make him not worth even drafting. 

Russell Martin:  Got a huge and ridiculous contract from Toronto and small 2014 rebirth will have Martin overrated in many leagues.  Can’t hit better than .250 without BABIP help and speed is looking shot. 

UNDERRATED

Wilson Ramos:  Can hit 20 home runs if he ever stays healthy which of course is the rub.  Cost never too high to find out. 

Matt Wieters:  Comes off Tommy John surgery and has the out of sight/out of mind card working.  Was having career season before elbow went last season. 

Wilin Rosario:  Many are running for the hills here after rough 2014 which is somewhat understandable since Rosario swings at everything.  Still he plays in Colorado and could move to outfield or first base which would allow him to play every day. 

Travis D’Arnaud:  Was a different player for the better when he returned from demotion to minors.  Has very good hitting talent that started to showcase itself the second half of 2014. 

Yasmani Grandal:  Major sleeper here who I want on all my teams.  Throw out the low outlier batting average last season and bank on the developing home run gains.  We are strong buyers of this kid. 

Stephen Vogt:  Carries catcher eligibility and can play outfield and first base.  Glaring hole behind dish for A’s and Vogt has hit for both average and power in the minor leagues. 

PRICED RIGHT

Yan Gomes:  You can’t go wrong with current power and draft price.  Some doubt he is for real which helps with the cost. 

Carlos Santana:  Hits for great power and has eligibility at three spots.  Plays everyday which is very valuable.

Miguel Montero:  I wouldn’t bother here unless you take part in two-catcher leagues.  Still Montero was pretty good the first half of last season at least. 

Carlos Ruiz:  Aging and has zero power when not on juice.  Still won’t cost you much of anything. 

Jonathan Lucroy:  Slightly high cost but Lucroy has five-category eligibility which is unheard of at catcher. 

Devin Mesoraco:  Power breakout in 2014 was completely legit as Mesoraco was a prime first round prospect for a reason.  Buy in. 

Brian McCann:  Gets knocked and downgraded for awful average which is valid.  However 23 home runs and calling Yankee Stadium home is nothing to sniff at.

Evan Gattis:  Could swat 30 home runs as a regular DH with catcher eligibility for the Houston Astros.  Just has to stay healthy.  Look for major breakout season. 

Mike Zunino:  Can hit 20 home runs but the average is disgusting. 

Derek Norris:  Gets a new start in San Diego to build on All-Star 2014 campaign but last season could be as good as it gets for the guy.

There you have it.  Post your thoughts below. 

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