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Let me preface this post with some no holds barred truth:  I hate catchers.  I don’t just hate them, I deep down inside loathe them so realize how painful this post is going to be.  I’m going to offer you a strategy that is palatable but realize I’ll likely not follow it.  The first catcher I’ll be drafting will go in a round after 18 in my league.  I just don’t put much faith in drafting high on a position that you’re not going to get 150 games out of.  Last I checked, Buster Posey and Joe Mauer were going to light the world on fire last year.  They combined to play 127 games total for 2011.  In my league – which is also a keeper – the one team that made the playoffs with his keeper Mauer traded him for spare parts by the All-Star Break and the Posey keeper finished 8th.  Relying on Catcher numbers is something I refuse to do.  Compromise you say?  Alright, I could talk myself into taking Yadier Molina as my first catcher off the board in the 15th round and round that out with a Russell Martin chaser in the 21st.  Molina should balance out Martin’s BA drain and Russell provides the pop.  Plus you’ll get a sneaky 10 to 15 SB from your Catcher position.  See what happens when you compromise?  No one is happy!

I’ll Avoid:

Any Catcher taken in the first 10 Rounds – You think I’m going to change my principles after how I started this post?  Tigga Please!  If somehow any of those guys fell outside of the first 10 rounds, I’d jump all over them but until then, I’m busy, don’t bother me.

Devin Mesoraco – But, but, he’s going after the 20th round!  Consider this the Dusty Baker Rule.  Devin needs to be one of two things to start for Dusty: A wily veteran or a pitcher.  I don’t care what pitcher, Dusty will find a way to have you throw 300 innings.  There’s already talk that Hanigan is the man in Cincy and my bet is the best case scenario for Devin is that no one wins and he and Ryan Hanigan split the season ABs.  I don’t mind platoons with upside but Baker pretty much Debbie Downer’s this one for me.

I’ll go for:

Salvador Perez – Rumor has it that Salvador used to sit with a spoon in his hand hovering over a metal pan and would fall asleep.  When the spoon hit the pan, he’d wake up from the sound and be inspired to make acid flashback-like paintings.  What does a story about Dali have to do with Perez, you ask?  Absolutely nothing, I just don’t like Catchers and felt like talking about something else.  Like seemingly every Royals prospect, he has a low walk rate but a low strikeout rate as well.  He should help you in average with 10 HR power.  I shall call him mini Molina.  No, not the slow Molina.  The Molina I talked about earlier, Yadier.

Ryan Doumit – I am just as stunned as you are to be writing a post about this guy.  But go look at Mauer’s 2011 line and Doumit’s.  Go on, look!  Ok, I’ll ruin the surprise.  They both played around 80 games and hit for a decent average.  I don’t think Doumit will hit .300 this year but .275 with 15 HRs is not unreasonable.  Couple that with him going into the season as the de facto team DH and Doumit might actually stay healthy enough to deliver on that promise.  And if he doesn’t, well I curse at him using his last name in vain and move on.  Its a better feeling than yelling ‘Mauer!’ after your 8th round pick goes down.  One sounds like a curse word while the other leaves you sounding like you have Tourettes.

C Situation to Monitor: Chi-Sox

A.J. Pierzynski is a decent Catcher.  He doesn’t blow you away at any spot in his line, but doesn’t really hurt  you either.  He’s also 35 years old which in catcher’s years is closer to fossilized.  Meanwhile, Tyler Flowers came up in 2011 for a brief stint and set the world on fire (looks back at stats).  Woah, Tyler did terrible!  Draft A.J.!  The thing is the Sox are in rebuild mode and if a contending team loses their starting catcher for the year or need help at the position, I can’t see how the Sox don’t make A.J. available.  If that happens, get ready to watch Flowers bloom…I can’t believe I just typed that.  Anyways, his K rate is atrocious and will lead to a poor BA, but he walks at a healthy clip and his ISO shows he’s good for 17 to 20 HRs given a decent amount of at-bats.  If you’re willing to draft J.P. Arencibia, you shouldn’t have any problem putting Tyler on your radar.

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  1. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I agree with you 100%. I even started to lose interest a little and your Dali tangent pulled me back in. Well done! I seem to be drafting from the Ramos/Soto/Martin/Perez grouping this year, unless Wieters, either Montero, or Mauer fall far enough. In two catcher leagues, I think Hundley could be a sneaky grab in the last round.

  2. Oregon Nut Cups

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    My only hesitations with Hundley are the home park and Yasmani Grandal. I do believe he is underrated this year, though, considering where a guy like Yadier is going in drafts.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Oregon Nut Cups, Yeah, I think that Yadier’s a little overrated this year. Do you think Grandal’s gonna take the job this year? What are your thoughts on Rosario in Colorado?

  3. Pat Adair says:
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    I salute the entirety of your article, sir.

  4. Oregon Nut Cups

    Oregon Nut Cups says:
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    Hundley is a decent catcher but is expendable for a team that has a youth movement on its hands. Grandal was higher than Devin in some circles. I like Rosario this year but that’s for another post (hint hint)

    • Big Magoo

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      @Oregon Nut Cups, Read you loud and clear. When you analyze Rosario, try not to mention Arenado too much, ok? I know he’s old news in dynastys and keepers, but I’m trying to keep that ace up my sleeve for mid-season call-ups in redrafts.

      • Oregon Nut Cups

        Oregon Nut Cups says:
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        @Big Magoo, already mentioned him in my DLT for 3Bs so there will be no Arenado noise to worry about :)

      • Oregon Nut Cups

        Oregon Nut Cups says:
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        @Big Magoo, BTW, sorry about the weird postings. Can’t get my iPhone to respond appropriately for the life of me…

        • Big Magoo

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          @Oregon Nut Cups, Whoops, didn’t catch that article. No worries about the responses. Good job on the write-up! (love the avatar too, btw)

          • Oregon Nut Cups

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            @Big Magoo, Thanks on both!

  5. Yep, I said it! says:
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    What about Donaldson? He’s eligible at catcher in my league. Thanks.

    • Oregon Nut Cups

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      @Yep, I said it!, if he nabs the full time 3B gig in Oakland, I’ll be extremely interested. Great minor league ISO numbers and I always have and always will love a catcher who doesn’t actually play catcher.

  6. Tony says:
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    RCL #11 has a spot open. It’s a $50 Buy in. I have ALL owners buy in already in but have been unable to contact an owner. I’m going to delete his team tonight and let a new interested, PAYING, owner in.

    If you are interested please email me at youngy_03@yahoo.com

    I’ve ran this league for 3-4 years now? I’ve always paid out all the money. Multiple guys who have been in it are back this year. Top 3 spots are paid.

    OH and we draft this Thursday 3/15/12 at 8:15pm!!! We can’t switch it… sorry, hit me up at the email above.

    • Jmonte says:
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      @Tony, Email sent!

  7. Aaron says:
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    I’m in a 10-team keeper league. Up to to 3 keepers. Candidates are: Hosmer, Lawrie (the good one), Gardner, Bumgardner, Beachy, and Grienke. I lose 6th round pick for Grienke; any of the rest would cost a double-digit round pick. Thoughts?

    • Oregon Nut Cups

      Oregon Nut Cups says:
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      @Aaron, Hosmer, Lawrie, Bumgarner

      • Aaron says:
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        @Oregon Nut Cups, Thanks. That was my plan.

    • chata says:
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      @Aaron,

      i wouldn’t take a pitcher if i thought someone planted a tulip bulb in his azz

  8. Charles says:
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    I’m in a fairly standard 12-team 1-catcher league. I’m trying to gauge your interest at various draft points. And it’s obviously difficult to answer, but which would be your preference:

    Pick #121 (1st in round 11): Mauer, Posey, Avila, Miguel Montero
    Pick #169 (1st in round 15): Jesus Montero
    Pick #241 (1st in round 21): Perez, Doumit, Martin, etc.

    • Oregon Nut Cups

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      @Charles, in a recent 1-catcher mock on yahoo, I did take Jesus in the 15th, but also took Doumit as my 23rd pick since he will start the year as UTIL.

      I’ve never been a Mauer fan. I’m not against him in the 11th, but with my draft strategy, I’m most likely picking up pitchers heavily during that part of a draft in a standard league and would miss him. I also really like Wilson Ramos this year, a guy going at round 18 according to mockdraftcentral. Not even a full year of at-bats and he had 15 HRs last year. Might give you a Miguel Montero line for half the price.

      Catcher is very deep this year, especially in 1-catcher leagues. If you have other needs to address when guys like Montero (either one) or Mauer come up, I’d take care of those first; there are a lot of good catchers that will be on the waiver in a standard 1-catcher league this year so taking a top tier one isn’t necessary in my opinion.

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