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I’m in three dynasty leagues that I impulsively attend to. I’m all about the win-now, so I’ll trade my top prospects for immediate impact. In all three of these leagues, I was looking to displace an empty prospect slot, and with my MLB catchers lacking value…

The following catchers were already owned in at least 2/3rd’s of those leagues: Austin Hedges, Jorge Alfaro, Gary Sanchez, Blake Swihart (be me, in one league), Christian Bethancourt and Reese McGuireTom Murphy (probably because of his eventual stomping ground, Colorado) and Stryker Trahan are also owned in at least one of the leagues.

There were two catchers not owned in one of those leagues, that I would perhaps recommend. From a fantasy perspective, Andrew Susac and Max Stassi get my stamp of approval. To be fair, Stassi made two appearances in the majors last year for the Astros before a concussion. To be even more fair, he’s also not tearing it up in AAA right now, however he’s a good defensive catcher (both game calling and preventing stolen bases) and has pop.  He’s a slightly better Wellington Castillo. If you didn’t know I was talking deep leagues, now you do.

Andrew Susac of the San Francisco Giants is whom I really wanted to talk about. I now own him in all three of these leagues. People are about to notice him, so jump on this catching meatwagon now. If he wasn’t on the Giants, he’d perhaps be up in the majors already.

Our Scott Evans ranked Susac the #9 prospect in the Giants organization after last season, and after his AAA performance thus far, and I’m down with calling him their #2 between a slew of impact pitchers.

Here’s my favorite factor as he’s progressed through the minors (albeit in the hitter friendly PCL) using the following format – AVG(BABIP)/OBP/SLG:

A+: .244(.311)/.351/.380

AA: .256(.299)/.362/.458

AAA:  .279(.305)/.386/.547

Enhancements across the board. More impressively, here is his Isolated Power Progression: .136, .202, and currently at .267.

As you can see, he’s not one to hit into elevated BABIP’s and San Fran will limit his homerun potential, but if you’re in OBP + SLG leagues (or OPS), this guy should be on your radar.

If I posted this prior to the 15th of May, his numbers would have been even gaudier as he’s 0 for his last 17.  Keep your Dano-induced enthusiasm curbed as he’s 2+ years older than Posey at his arrival with less discipline and BABIP potential, but if Posey is steered toward 1B as of 2016 or gets injured in the meantime, this guy is a must-add in dynasty leagues.

It’ll take some bad luck to Buster Posey and/or Michael Morse for Susac to be up this year as Hector Sanchez has been sufficient displacing them as needed, but as of 2015, I think Susac could be an asset outside of the batting average category and these days, he won’t drag you down as much as it would have in the past.

 

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  1. Jay

    Jay says:
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    I think Rodney Daal could be something… but a long wait time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: The author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Grey: That wasn’t Hemingway?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Billy Hemingway? The kid I went to high school with? How do you even know about him?

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @Grey: You don’t want to know…

        • Dano

          dano says:
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          @Jay: Rodney Daal…hmm,he seems like a nice guy.

  2. Dano

    dano says:
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    Kevin Plawecki is another. He was concerning me displaying no power in AA up until last week…now he’s mashing.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @dano: I like him, but feel like he won’t stick at catcher for much longer… maybe I’m wrong. I could be confusing him with Peter O’brian, to be honest.

      • Dano

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        @Jay: yeah i wouldnt mind a plawecki-d’arnaud-domonic smith c/1b platoon in a few years for decent production. i think plawecki & swihart should both stick to catcher along with susac, bethancourt and definitely hedges.

  3. Dan says:
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    J.T. Realmuto looking nice. Could be starting catcher in Miami by midseason this year. Cruising along in AAA, slashing .322/.387/.539 with 5 homers, 7 steals, 16 BBs to 22 Ks, some triples, etc. I’m really liking the progress.

  4. Sick McNasty says:
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    Was offered McCutcheon and Strasburg for Upton and Kimbrell. In a 5×5 standard yahoo (old standard w/ 1 UTIL spot) keep 8. I’m 2nd in saves but in 1st overall.

    Would u make this trade? I have kept Kimbrell since I drafted him and love him in a small league like this. He has ranked higher than Stras every year regards to end of year ranks. Also, I could see J Upton having a Bondsian career (I.e. More power less speed with age) and McCutch doesn’t really have the power J Upton has….

    Before this deal came thru, I thought I woulda jumped all over it. But now that it’s at my feet I’m having 2nd thoughts! Any insight would be appreciated!

    • Dano

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      @Sick McNasty: yeah intriguing. Personally I would. I think it comes down to personally. Upton has more potential…still, but id prefer mccutch in a 5×5 (speed and avg, which could drop off for upton). Kimbrels a counting stat monster ( saves) thats comforting with the shitshow that has been the mlb closing situation. The freeman Upton combo should be nice but the marte-polanco-mccutchen is more fun. Basically it comes down to counting stats. Do you want uptons hr and kimbrels saves?

  5. ryker says:
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    If you were a commish in a keeper league, would you allow a trade like CarGo – Bryant?

    • Dano

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      @ryker: yes.

      a) cargos injury prone. if rockies fall out of it (not that i think they will) then he will be out of the lineup more often then not later in the season. he’s already not the same player b/c of his injury proneness as he was earlier this season
      b) bryant is an elite prospect so long as there’s no inflation or anything associated with owning him longer prior to him actually being active on their roster.

      • ryker says:
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        @dano:
        thanks a lot.

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