Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Catcher Rankings

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Catcher Rankings UPDATED 2.14.08

Tier 1 (Expect to Draft in rounds 2-3, or pay $23-$32)
Victor Martinez, CLE - Almost a lock for .300/20HR/100RBI, probably a late 2nd/early 3rd round pick but has been slipping to late 3rd a lot lately.

Russell Martin, LAD - .300/20/20 potential, goes just after or just before VMart

Tier 2 (Draft in rounds 4-7, $15-$20)
Jorge Posada, NYY - As solid and durable as they come, draft for durability and 500+AB

Brian McCann, ATL - Has 20HR/100RBI potential if he can get his average up a bit
Joe Mauer, MIN - More hype and a bit overrated but has .300/20/20SB/100 potential...maybe

Tier 3 (Best to just wait until at least the 15th, $5-$10)
Ivan Rodriguez, DET - Anyone who can get 500+ AB and hit .280+ is a good fantasy pick at C
Kenji Johjima, SEA - Expect about .290/15/75
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, TEX - Only 22, has 20+ HR potential and 1B eligibility

Bengie Molina, SF - 2 years in a rw with 19 HR could mean a 3rd year that's pretty close
Jason Varitek, BOS - Expect about 450 AB, 15HR, 70RBI but getting older and brittle
Ramon Hernandez, BAL - Could be a 20+ HR guy and a sleeper after a down year and only 364AB

The Rest (Draft after the 16th, pay under $5 or save for a buck)
A.J. Pierzynski, CWS - Expect at least .270/15/60, a nice solid low end contributor
Kurt Suzuki, OAK - 7HR/39RBI in 214AB in 2007 screams "PICK ME"

Chris Snyder, ARI - 27 year old, sleeper pick, could split time with Montero but I think Snyder runs away with it
Geovany Soto, CHC - 2007 AAA - .353/26/109/3triples/.424OBP/1.076OPS in 385AB, he's overpaid in every draft this year

J.R. Towles, HOU - 20HR potential? Should be the starter in 2008
Ryan Doumit, PIT - 27, has 20+HR power but can't stay healthy, will have multiple position eligibility, big sleeper
Carlos Ruiz, PHI - Has 15HR/70RBI potential with 450+ AB, draft after 15th round for good value
Michael Barrett, SD - Could be a nice sleeper after a down year in 2007
Johnny Estrada, WAS - has .300+/15HR potential with 500 AB
Paul LoDuca, WAS - A nice low end option with .285+ potential
Ronny Paulino, PIT - I believe he has .300/15/75
John Buck, KC - 20 HR potential but expect a low average
David Ross, CIN - Same as Buck
Yadier Molina, STL - .275/15/75 potential

Miguel Olivo, FLA - 15+HR and a few SB's but low average knocks him down a bit
Josh Bard, SD - Not much power but can hit .285+, will back up Barrett
Miguel Montero, ARI -
10HR in 214AB but will back up Snyder
who is the better defensive option
Dioner Navarro, TB - Will be 24, grab as a late round flier for possibly 450AB, 15HR, 60RBI
Mike Napoli, LAA - May end up splitting time or losing job to Jeff Mathis
Chris Ianetta, COL - .300+AVG/.400+OBP in 3 Minor League seasons. Could eventually take over everyday C in COL

Gerald Laird, TEX - Has been shopped around but will lose time to Saltalamacchia
Greg Zaun, TOR - Should be serviceable in AL Only leagues
Yorvit Torrealba, COL - He's a back up
Jason Kendall, MIL - Doesn't matter where he ends up, has no power but could hit .280+
Brian Schneider, NYM - Extreme low end, only draft in NL only leagues if desperate
Jeff Mathis, LAA - If he has a good spring, he could possibly steal job outright from Napoli

Jeff Clement, SEA - Will take an injury from Johjima but a great player to stash
Curtis Thigpen, TOR - Could eventually steal job from Zaun if Barajas doesnt work out, also great to stash, the future
Ramon Castro, NYM - Can't stay healthy enough to start so will back up Estrada and catch for Pedro
Brad Ausmus, HOU - Will most likely back up Towles

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