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Greetings plebeians and plebeianettes.  You may remember a little about this series from the former me: Oregon Nut Cups.  Or you probably don’t because it’s been like 2 years since it happened and I’m changing the format to target one player rather than rambling about everyone based on their position.  But of course, you don’t care about taking a trip down memory lane with me nor down mammory lane as we talk about great scenes from adult entertainment history.  Asia Carrera, my heart and crusty socks go to you…nay, you’re here to snuggle up to some bargain players in your draft this year.  As we all know – and if you don’t, now you do – I’m talking to you deep leaguers.  Whether it’s a 14 teamer or a large starting roster, you gotta find bargains where you can and of all positions this is tantamount, catcher is probably the biggest in my book.  It’s one where the haves and the have nots line isn’t as big as people want to draw it up to be and where you can get away with ignoring a bunch of players once the top few fly off the board…which is just how I like it.  Keep in mind, I’m the artist formerly known as ONC that brought you Wilin Rosario with my Wilin Rosario Sleeper post back in 2012.  Way back then, you could get a gallon of gas for about 25 cents, your shoes shined for a nickel and Rosario went undrafted.  My how times have changed…So here I’m going to bring to you the man that has pretty much been declared the starting catcher for the Indians for this year - Yan Gomes – and why he’s a nice snag in deeper leagues for the 2014 Fantasy Baseball season…

When you look back at Yan Gomes’ ending 2013 line, its a little weird not much has been said about his near promised starting role for the Indians in 2014.  He finished the year with 11 HRs – one less than Molina and tied with Mauer – and hit .294, which would’ve been good enough to tie him for 4th amongst catchers for average were it not for one thing: PA.  Curse you Pennsylvania!  It was bad enough you gave us M. Night Shyamalan and now you go and hold a catcher back!  Ahem, before I was italically interrupted, what I was intending to mean by PA was plate appearances.  As in, he didn’t have enough to qualify so when you go searching for these numbers, you gotta reduce your minimums, y’all!  It was there all along and as a deep leaguer, you notice these things.  Note he also finished the year with a higher ISO than three catchers with 20+ HRs and you’re starting to see the potential in Yan as a draft day Rip Van Winkle of a sleeper.  Now before you go down the obligatory route of saying ‘small sample size’ to which I have to obligatorily respond ‘that’s what she said!’, let’s take a look and see if his underlying stats and production are that much of an outlier compared to his minor and major career.  To be fair, I don’t think the average holds in the .290s as he had a fairly monstrous BABIP last year at .342.  But for funsies, let’s pair up his numbers from 2012 with the Blue Jays when he had a horrendous .246 BABIP with last years numbers and see what kinda Frankencatcher we get: 121 games, 433 plate appearances, 15 HRs, and a .271 average.  The scary part?  The average is in line with his career major and minor league norm so maybe you get at worst .260.  It’s manageable either way.  And if Yan fails?  Meh, it’s catcher.  Y’all get all moist over Buster Posey and all he did was hit 15 HRs and hit .294 last year, albeit with more at-bats and in a juicier part of a not so juicy lineup.  If that satiates your thirst so be it but in my book, simply put: when and where you can, you buy Yan.

 

Sky Sperling is a contributor for Razzball Football and Razzball Baseball. He’s also a lover of fine beer, fine women and fine-toothed combs. You can follow him on twitter @Sky_Razzball and in your most sweetest of dreams.

  1. oaktownsteve says:
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    I think he’s going to be very short on ABs this year because his defense is not good. Twinks brought in Suzuki and he’ll get the bulk of the playing time early until the Twins shift into get ‘em next year mode sometime after the ASB.

    • Troy says:
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      @oaktownsteve: what do the twins got to do with yan Gomes?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: that must’ve felt good to be the first one to notice what you were thinking as you were typing this. hehe.

  2. oaktownsteve says:
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    Nothing. Nothing to see here. I’m going back to bed. Thinking Pinto.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I was thinking Jalopy. It’s all good.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: Pacer? OTS needs to stop milling all that wheat

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          If a Pacer is a piecer then yes.

          OTS is tired from the craftsman expo

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: WTF is a craftsmen expo

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              You’ll have to ask OTS, he’s the one who attends them.

  3. Clint says:
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    You read my mind, Sky. I was thinking when I kept hearing Santana could be 3B fodder how this could open things up for Gomes. I wanted him late last year but his playing time didn’t seem to merit it over V-Mart in my catcher slot. Hopefully spring’s kind to him & I can snatch him really late in my 12 team keeper league.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Outside of 2 catcher leagues, he might be a wait and watch kinda guy. I still like him overall but if you’re targeting guys for a 12 team 1 catcher league, Wilson Ramos makes a lot of sense and will also go late, just not as late. Do believe a .260 to .270 average with 15 HRs is in range. Will depend on lineup placement whether that’s valuable or not.

  4. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    SKY: The Artist!!! oooouuuuhhhh. HAHAHAHA.

    You and Jay must have some wing-digger pain brush and palate duels and clay tossing cat-fights at the art studio…. You are both SO sensitive!

    Yan is going off way too early as a starlet in ESPN and YAHOO. IMO… In 2 catcher leagues, he is Hot Hot Hot. You are right, he IS the Keeper League /Deep smart pick later catcher pick on the board – His D means he plays and plays. His auction salary paid should reflect his growth potential going forward in Keeper Leagues.

    A worse example of WRONG = Pinto, the part -time C of the Twinkees. Who is getting love too in Yahoo and ESPN!!! YIKES!!!… This is the absolute definition of FBB misapplication of fantasy hype information.

    The growth of Power is there for Yan… But, so is the chance of a downwards spike in BA (as you correctly pointed out) as his PT and AB increase. Will he hit closer to 230 or 250 or 270 is the question one has to ask themselves for this year… I’m saying around 250 or slightly lighter.

    He is at the put-on-radar-as-a-target “show me” stage for shallow leagues for me now.

    I’m for taking Pierzynski with pick #300 and feeling safer, than a Yan at #250 plus. Betcha, I score more points with old Fuss and Feathers than with the Samba-land lad.

    Sky: PS: Maybe, I got carried away this weekend on Burns, when comparing him to the Georgia Peach – OK turning it down a bit. Let’s say, a Brett Butler with less power, more speed and a better arm being a more apt comparison (Butler had the weakest arm of any MLB – maybe ever – He played right behind 2nd to shorten his tosses to the infield – he often would target cutoff men even from short center – it was funny) – This ain’t a chopped liver comparison….

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha! I like to think of myself as Salvador Dali. Jay more Andy Warhol.

      Yan has solid contact rates and his walk/k rates were in line with his 2012 AAA numbers with the Blue Jays. He should slip down but I don’t see him as a .230 hitter. Your .250 scenario is possible, though.

      I keep thinking AJ is done and he keeps surprising me. Never surprises me with a huge year but consistently good. Can’t argue your logic.

      Haha, your Burns love happens to us all. It’s Spring time. You’re allowed to get twitterpated.

  5. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Paint not Pain brush – I think??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I read it as either or. I could imagine a painful wing-digger brush

      • Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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        @Sky:

        Andy Warhol LOL…

        Those village’s art studio parties will never be the same when our New Man of steppes arrives back on his Buzkashi pony. He’ll simple ravish the poor lads in their penny loafers.

        I’m not much with a brush…. Personally, I’m more of a Gustave Doré type … I doodle a lot.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Kickin it old school. One of my faves has to be William Blake, though he was a multi-talent.

          Jay will bring the Bohemian life style back to the forefront upon return. Though I picture it playing out more like Encino Man than anything else.

  6. costaricanchata says:
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    gomes is an interesting play this year .
    just not so sure of his sleeper status .
    maybe it’s just my crowds , but it seems like
    there are more tribe fans among fbb-ers than real-life fans .
    the internet is littered with them !

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, maybe. I’d be hard-pressed to believe that pub is slipping over to him but that doesn’t mean it ain’t true. If he goes at a value price, I’m interested.

  7. gareth says:
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    Its an post about an Indians player. So here i am.

    So I was in a bar in Lakewood, ohio last year and the ballgame is on. Some dudes next to me are talking tribe and the one guy goes “you know what. I like that Jan Gomez. I think hes my favorite player.”

    I almost wanted to say to him “I personally like carla santina.”

    Fairweather Indians fans. Sigh.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      They come and go. PNW’er here, Seattle fan through and through. Plenty of bandwagon ‘hawks fans right now.

  8. Wake Up says:
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    No one is looking to draft him in a RCL format…no one…not anybody…you’re not are you?

    • gareth says:
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      @Wake Up: correct me if im wrong, but in a 12 team rcl format there will be close to 18 starting catchers who go undrafted, right? Guys like gomes, mesoraco, aj pierzynski would be solid guys to add if your main catcher gets injured. I dont think Sky is saying draft this guy over posey. Hes Just saying that gomes is not going to hurt you if you need him to fill in and be your catcher at any point in the season.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @gareth: Is this irony?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Actually it’s a deep league approach. I wouldn’t advise Yan in RCLs unless he proves himself worthy and don’t see a good reason to be drafting him for such a reason.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Nope you’re reading a deep league thoughts post. I’m so deep over here I’m bordering on meta

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Sky: Haha…(maybe my veil is not as thin as I thought…I’m looking at him)…was trying to gather some draft intel…
        *strokes white cat*

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I keep my cards close to the vest on draft day. I’m very thankful my Deep League Thoughts posts don’t give too much away for RCL setups. *Strokes White Stripes*

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