Tag Archive | catcher

Catcher Tiers

Catcher Tiers

Catcher is the least flashy and productive of the offensive positions. ADP reports suggest a few eager owners will likely reach and spend a fourth to sixth round to secure one of the top two players. The fantasy pundits will tell you to wait and find value later in your draft or auction. Whatever your […]

Prospect Positional Values: Catcher

Prospect Positional Values: Catcher

So many times top prospects fail, about 70 percent of the time according to the research I did last year. So we’re already playing with our backs against the wall here. There are so many things going against these players. Multiple levels of minor leagues before even getting the chance to produce in the majors. […]

2017 Catcher Rankings: Top 25

2017 Catcher Rankings: Top 25

We wrap up each week of positional coverage with our 2017 rankings. In addition to the rankings we will pose a number of questions to our panel covering topics such as reaches and targets, players to avoid and late round impact players. Taking part in our rankings will be Kevin Jebens, Jim Finch, Ron Vackar, […]

2017 Top 20 Catcher Prospects

2017 Top 20 Catcher Prospects

We kick off our prospect rankings this week with a look at the catcher position. Joining me again for this year’s rankings is our very own Andy Germani. Our rankings will be consolidated to give you our final site rankings, but you can see where Andy and I ranked them in the table as well. […]

Does Deeper Catcher Class Affect Posey’s Value?

Does Deeper Catcher Class Affect Posey’s Value?

For numerous years, there’s only been one name on the top of catcher rankings — and even just one name in the top-tier. Buster Posey has been a godsend to teams who draft him, and his elite production can’t be matched on a year in, year out basis. His worst batting average in the last […]

Yasmani Grandal: Overrated catching option in 2017

Yasmani Grandal: Overrated catching option in 2017

After years of teasing us with his power potential, Grandal finally delivered in 2016. He hit 27 home runs, finishing second in power just behind Evan Gattis. Most of that damage came over the final three months where Grandal hit 20 home runs over 213 at bats. He still batted just .228, but you take […]

Catching Value in the 2017 Draft

Catching Value in the 2017 Draft

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. The year was 2008: Flo Rida and T-Pain were getting Low, Horton was Hearing a Who at the box office, and Victor Martinez was making me feel things I’d never felt before. In 08 I was still somewhat new to the fantasy […]

2017 Catcher Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

2017 Catcher Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

After each week of positional coverage, we will wrap things up here Sunday with our 2016 dynasty/keeper rankings. Players are ranked with the next five years of production in mind, so when you see Salvador Perez ranked ahead of a player like Evan Gattis – that does not mean that we believe Perez will be […]

Lucroy: Waive”ing” Goodbye To Top Tier Catcher Status?

Lucroy: Waive”ing” Goodbye To Top Tier Catcher Status?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Pleasure is rarely derived when drafting a catcher. If you pay the premium for a top-tier guy, you and everyone else in the room know the production provided will most likely not equal that of the price paid. If you go slumming […]

Catching Prospects: Rankings Movers

Catching Prospects: Rankings Movers

Every Friday I will take a snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ll examine the top performers, those who did not live up to our lofty expectations, and the key graduates. Our rankings last year were compiled by Andy Germani and myself, and I […]

Brian McCann: Hidden Dynasty League Treasure

Brian McCann: Hidden Dynasty League Treasure

In the real world, the arrival of Gary Sanchez signifies a changing of the guard for the Yankees and an end to the Brian McCann era. In our fantasy world it means owners, especially those in dynasty leagues, will soon cast aside McCann in the belief that he will have little to no value to […]

The promising young JT Realmuto

The promising young JT Realmuto

The end of the 2015 season had many fantasy owners and prospect followers excited with a strong season. Although not quite an elite caliber bat noticed by a 88 wRC+, Realmuto showed decent contact (.259 average and 15.0% strikeout rate) and promising power potential (10 bombs and .147 isolated power). His projections by most had […]

Top 200 Players for 2016

Top 200 Players for 2016

No need for any long introduction or colorful anecdotes today.  We’ve already given you the top players at each position along with our reaches, avoids, late round picks, etc.  We bring things to a close today with our big list – the top 200+ players for the 2016 season. Taking part in our rankings will […]

2016 Catcher Rankings – Top 20

2016 Catcher Rankings – Top 20

We wrap up catcher week with our 2016 rankings for the catcher position.  While the catcher position is not deep in elite talent like other positions, it is full of serviceable options from top to bottom.  For those of you that play in a 12 team/1 catcher league, there is no reason you should not […]

Yasmani Grandal’s Hidden Breakout

Yasmani Grandal’s Hidden Breakout

“Draft last year’s disappointment.” Maybe you’ve heard this advice before. Some players just have off years. Others have their draft price slip because they were hurt. These are the players that are the best values on draft day the following year. As I mentioned in last week’s article, 2014 busts Joey Votto and Carlos Gonzalez […]

IS D’ARNAUD A D’ARNAUD-NO IN 2016

IS D’ARNAUD A D’ARNAUD-NO IN 2016

I know what you are thinking, “Will, are you seriously going on about Travis d’Arnaud again?!” Well yes, yes I am, so deal with it. Now, I was quite high on d’Arnaud heading into the 2015 season, as he returned from the minors with aplomb and vigor (or something like that) at the tail end of 2014, […]

Just How Valuable Is Posey as a Catcher?

Just How Valuable Is Posey as a Catcher?

Yes, Buster Posey, we get it. You are worth a Johnny Bench rookie card, and you can deliver babies. They changed the catcher collision rule partly (mostly?) because of you. Is there anything you can’t do? Next we’ll be seeing “Posey in 2020” bumper stickers. But what does Posey in the catcher slot mean for […]

Anybody have a rebound for Wilson Ramos?

Anybody have a rebound for Wilson Ramos?

Pretty much immediately when the Twins and Nationals made a swap featuring closer Matt Capps for Wilson Ramos, the Nats were declared winners and then some. Ramos had shown himself to be a strong catcher with great game calling ability along with a bat that was going to make him a franchise cornerstone. Yet being […]

2016 Top 25 Catcher Prospects

2016 Top 25 Catcher Prospects

We kick off our prospect rankings this week with a look at the catcher position. Joining me for this year’s rankings is our very own Andy Germani, who gave us last season’s Mid Season Top 50 Prospects. Our rankings will be consolidated to give you our final site rankings, but you can see where Andy and […]

Player spotlight: Kyle Schwarber

Player spotlight: Kyle Schwarber

When Kyle Schwarber got called up halfway through the season, we knew he had big time power. The questions were does he have the plate discipline to stick and a position to play every day. He finished the second half of the season as the number three catcher behind Buster Posey and Francisco Cervelli. Currently […]