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Check out the catcher pool as it deepens.  First, Wieters.  Then Jesus Montero (I don’t plan on covering him.  The Yankees are not the type of organization to turn over catching duties to a rookie enough to make an impact out of the starting gates in 2010.), Carlos Santana and Buster Posey.  What’s next, a fourth Molina brother, W. Somerset Molina?  A club-footed, orphan brought up by his uncle who becomes a self-hating catcher who regularly distracts hitters with talk of his unrequited love for a diner waitress.  Or not.  These are things for you to decide.  Here’s what I said about Buster Posey back in September, “Sabean’s already said Fat Molina is on his way out of The Bay after this season.  Buster Posey should get every opportunity to win the job in spring training of 2010.  I wouldn’t expect anything, but he’s capable of 14 homers and a .300 average if he gets the job from jump street.  In the non-perverse way, I’ll touch on him many more times during the offseason.”  Guess it’s time to touch on him.  Gross!  So can Posey help you in 2010 fantasy baseball leagues?

Are you wearing your aluminum foil hat for better TV reception?  Yes, he can help you.  That’s what I’m saying.  Flip off your lid for a second, would ya?  As I said with other fantasy baseball rookie catcher posts, Posey is not as exciting at any other position in 2010, but he’s a catcher so yay.  He’s exactly the kind of guy you should take a flier on late for your catcher spot in 12 team leagues and deeper.  Let’s just hope he doesn’t get as hyped in the preseason as Wieters did in 2009.  If you have to draft Posey too high, he’s going to lose all value.  In 2010, I’d put Posey’s projections at 55/14/65/.290/3.  Of course, if Posey doesn’t make the club out of Spring Training for some crazy, unforeseen reason, then you don’t draft him.  Cool?  Cool.

  1. Antrim Warriors says:
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    With Shoppach shipped to TB, would you up Santana’s #s? Do you think this ups his chance of more PT?

  2. Tony says:
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    lots of good late round flier catchers…. I LIKE IT.

    then there’s always your miguel montero’s, oivio’s (when he’s hot), and others to snag up during the season…

    great reasons to not take a catcher… I’d much rather have my Miguel Montero/Miguel Olivio combo i had last year than Brian McCann in the 5th round?

  3. Tony says:
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    and I mean guys LIKE montero/olivio, not saying they’ll be waiver options at all….

  4. Timmay says:
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    Hey Grey,

    took part in a 12 team, 23 round mock last night. I wanted to post my pitchers (had to draft 9), who I took in rounds 15-23 (in other words, took all my hitters first).

    Huston Street
    Wandy Rodriguez
    Joba Chamberlain
    Frank Francisco
    Phil Hughes
    Brett Anderson
    Kerry Wood
    Brandon Morrow
    Daniel Bard

    …still plenty of talent late. and the bonus is that my hitting is ridiculously good–and in-season the waiver wire always produces plenty of talent (no padres SPs were drafted, for example).

  5. GopherDay says:
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    Assuming he gets the job out of spring training, what round do you think Buster shoud be taken in?

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Antrim Warriors: I gave him 400 ABs in the post and 60/13/75/.280. That’s a lot for a rookie catcher. Soto’s rookie year was the exception not the norm.

    @Tony: Yeah, I like Soto too for 2010.

    @Timmay: Yeah, that’s a solid group of pitchers. You’d probably end up being fine if that were a real team.

    @GopherDay: Around the 15th round.

  7. Tony says:
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    @Grey: Ya i like soto again this yr too since he disappointed so many last year. I think i snagged him in the 10th or 12th round in a MOCK. I’d say he’ll probably be anywhere from an 7th-10th rounder in most drafts? I’ll probably even pass on him there and stick with my TAKE A CATCHER LATE LATE practice. Last two years i’ve taken soto in 08, and sandoval in 09 right around the 12-13th rounds…. Its worked out great.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: Yeah, I’ll be trying for Soto too. Just because you punt catcher doesn’t mean you have to take AJ Pierzynski.

  9. Tony says:
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    @Grey: Nope i wouldn’t mind a suzuki late or take a flier on one of these young guys (csantana, posey, etc)

  10. brad says:
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    Grey, no real comment here, just thanks for keeping me baseball fresh during the offseason, I’ve been checking in every day, appreciate your work.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: I’m pretty eh on Suzuki.

    @brad: No problem, glad it’s appreciated.

  12. DrEasy says:
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    (mentally punts SS and C positions for next year, and targets Alcides Escobar and Buster Posey)

  13. Steve says:
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    At the very least he is the early front-runner for the the 2010 Least-Like-A-Baseball-Name-Name award.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: I like how you’re mentally punting.

    @Steve: Ha!

  15. big o says:
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    pholanco signs

  16. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: steve,just to fill you in on our baseball commish,in our money football league,he is benching his starters and starting henne over brady,michale bush and buckalter over pierre thomas and forte,etc,he`s playing the #1 team who is a 1/2 game up on me(i have a tie),all for draft position,i doubt he could beat his foe this week any way but this is how he is

  17. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Booo. Is he in our keeper as well?

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Yeah, I saw that. Whatever. He’s the same player wherever he plays.

  19. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    “Bengie Molina has “been offered a multi-year deal by another team,” according to MLBlogs.com.”

    seems to improve Posey’s chances

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Simply Fred: Molina’s gone already from the Giants. He’s a free agent.

  21. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Yeah, knew that, just thought there might be a diehard out there hoping he comes back. Just sealing the deal.

    BTW: Anything I can do for Steve, you just let me know. Always good to be close to the teacher’s pet!

  22. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Setting sail for NZ as we speak!

  23. BigFatHippo says:
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    @big o: If you’re still a betting man I got a hot tip…….

    Called my buddy Tiger…….he says he’s taking the Beavers tonight!

  24. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs have traded Jake Fox and Aaron Miles to the A’s for “prospects.”

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mrbaseball: Wow, now that’s something. Nice!

  26. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Your itty bitty buddy is going to take a bath tonight: Ducks by 17!

  27. big o says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:
    seems like a lack of integrity .
    everyone has a price , i suppose , but ,
    selling out for a draft pick ??

    i’d rather sleep better , at night .

  28. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: i shamed the comish into fixing it

  29. who gets the Jake Fox boot – Jack Cust at the DH position or Eric Chavez at third

  30. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Simply Fred: Au Contraire Simple Fred…………

    My little buddy Tiger loves the beaver, more than Ward and June………….

  31. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @BigFatHippo: love your sense of humor, littleskinnyhippo

  32. DrEasy says:
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    Dallas McPherson again chose the wrong team to sign with. He’s now behind both Fox and Chavez in the depth chart for 3B in Oakland.

    They’ll probably find room for all 3 of Fox, Cust and Chavez to play. With a bit of luck, Fox will catch a few games and gain catcher eligibility.

  33. rhymenoceros says:
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    Maybe I’m the only one who picked up on your Of Human Bondage reference, but it was genius, Grey. As for the deepening catcher pool, I am skeptical. I didn’t draft Wieters last year in any league, and that paid off. Honestly, I just as happy to draft Mike Napoli and forget the C position exists on my roster. As far as I’m concerned, a solid contributor at the C is more valuable than risking an upside pick.

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @rhymenoceros: I think you were the only one. I’m here for you! You might be right about the pool not really deepening except in very deep leagues, or keepers.

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