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Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CATCHER RANKINGS: FIRST LOOK

It is all full bore into 2017 fantasy baseball so let's get right into the position rankings with our first look around the diamond.

1.  Buster Posey
2.  Gary Sanchez:  Tremendous hitter but Sanchez carries bust risk given the exorbitant draft price and sky-high expectations.
3.  Jonathan Lucroy:  Full season in Texas?  Yes please.
4.  Kyle Schwarber:  Not sure if Schwarber will be given catcher eligibility right off the bat after he played just two games in 2016 (both in the outfield) but he should gain it before too long.  30 home run potential at a decreased draft price.  Better value then Sanchez.
5.  J.T. Realmuto:  Hit it big with this guy last season.  Price may too too inflated now for personal encore.  The new Jason Kendall.
6.  Wilson Contreras:  Will be looking very closely here as Contreras has Buster Posey average/power ability.
7.  Wilson Ramos:  Love the fact Ramos will DH when he won't catch in Tampa once he comes back from torn ACL.  Tremendous value and type of catcher yours truly targets.
8.  Salvador Perez
9.  Evan Gattis
10. Yadier Molina:  Still hitting for average but Molina is old news in terms of fantasy baseball as injuries and zero power leave him more for two-backstop leagues.
11. Yasmani Grandal:  Has become too all-or-nothing for my taste but can't argue with the power.
12. Brian McCann:  Actually a very good value because McCann is in part of career where it is boring to draft him and no one wants him if they can help it.  That is when you strike.
13. Russell Martin
14. Matt Wieters:  Still no home as of this writing but Wieters is a top ten guy if he signs on as a starter.
15. Wellington Castillo:  Another catcher I will target heavily as Castillo has 15-20 home run power for the price of a very late round pick.
16. Tom Murphy:  Sleeper alert goes to any Colorado hitter getting set to grab a starting spot.  Hit .327 at Triple-A last season.
17. Cameron Rupp
18. Devin Mesoraco
19. Yan Gomes
20. Sandy Leon
21. Derek Norris
22. Travis D'Arnaud
23. Francisco Cervelli
24. Nick Hundley
25. Chris Herrmann
26. Tyler Flowers
27. Tucker Barnhardt
28. Bruce Maxwell:  Could become interesting if the A's decide that they have seen enough out of Stephen Vogt.
29. Austin Hedges:  Now that Derek Norris is in Washington, Hedges will get to show if his .326 and 21 home run stick at Triple-A last season can make the jump to the majors




1 comment:

  1. honest oversight with Grandal who is number 11. sometimes when you put these all together so quick you overlook someone.

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