Here, friend, are some catchers that I will be targeting at my 2010 fantasy drafts after the top options are gone.  I’m not going to get into the strategy of punting catchers.  Been there, half-drunkenly wrote that.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to  read more and see their 2010 projections.  This is a supplement to the top 20 catchers of 2010 fantasy baseball.  Anyway, here’s some catchers to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:

Ramon Hernandez – He’s unexciting3.  But so is losing your league.

Chris Iannetta – He’s exciting, but has Hacky McHackstein breathing down his neck.  For Iannetta’s upside, I’m grabbing him in a few leagues.  Playing time be damned!  The nice thing about going for upside at catcher is no one wants to own more than one (in one catcher leagues), so if you don’t like the catcher you have, there’s plenty more on the waiver wire.

Geovany Soto – Punting doesn’t mean you want to avoid getting value at catcher.

Carlos Ruiz – He just missed the cut for the top 20 catcher post.  It wasn’t easy to leave him off after his bit torrent 2nd half last year.  In less at-bats, he doubled his homers from the first half and added forty points on his batting average.  Unfortunately, his first half was like watching someone suck a boba through a regular-sized straw.  In the 2nd half, he hit 6 homers and batted .276.  So better than the first half, still not incredible.  He has a good lineup for RBIs, so he could be a very minor surprise.  Think 45/14/65/.260/3.

J.R. Towles – Here’s what I said last year in the preseason with added notes in parentheses, “In 2008, I was off him like black off rice, but I haven’t mentioned him much, if at all, in 2009 (or in 2010).  You just need to throw out 2008 (and 2009).  Pretend like it never happened.  Or pretend like the only part that happened was when he hit .304 in almost 50 games after his callback from the minors (in 2008.  Then ignore his .188 average in 2009, because he had a .233 BABIP).   He has speed and some slight power.  The absolute best case scenario seems to be Russell Martin.  In the so-late-it-doesn’t-matter-anymore round, you turn your head to the East and you see no catchers by your side.  Then you turn your head to the West, still nobody in sight.  So you turn your head to the North, swallow that pill that they call pride and draft Towles.”  And that’s me amending me, quoting me and paraphrasing T.I.!

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – This guy is even more frustrating than Towles because I have to spell his stoopid name every time I want to write about him.  Saltymochachino is somehow still only 25 years old though it feels like he’s been hyped forever.  If he pans out, he could give you top ten catcher numbers.  Think 60/17/75/.250, but those are Boras speculative numbers when he’s trying to get Salty a contract.

Mike Napoli – This always drives me flippin’ crazy about ESPN.  They’ll rank someone (Napoli at 219) very low.  They’ll rank him after Doumit, Yadier Molina et al (<– Not the Israeli airline) then say Napoli’s a sleeper.  They’ll say he’s better than Molina, Doumit, etc.  Everyone knows this and ranks Napoli above those guys so he’s not a sleeper.  Once again, ESPN’s in the monkey house too long.

Jeff Clement – Looking for this year’s Inge?  A guy that plays another position while rocking the sweet, sweet eligibility of catcher?  Yeah, I don’t know if there’s one of those guys this year, but Clement’s the closest we have.  His upside is 20 homers and solid RBIs from playing every day.  His downside is not playing every day.  I’d conservatively put his 2010 projections at 55/15/65/.255.

  1. Schlitzy says:

    I should just stopping looking at the ESPN site because it just makes me angry. Like these two insightful gems:

    Pineiro underrated | Ellsbury a first-rounder

    Any chance you guys are planning to do NL-Only values? If not, any suggestion on where to find good values to use as a guideline?

  2. Schlitzy says:

    @Schlitzy: stop

  3. GopherDay says:

    Would you suggest going for Salty over Kelly Schoppack in a dynasty league?? I don’t currently have a catcher.

  4. Eddy says:

    Grey is it really that dreadful (for you) to pick up Soto or MiMo in the 13th/14th? At that point the talent isn’t that great for guys who SHOULD be going around those rounds. Might as well use a pick on a catcher who’s guaranteed a lot more playing time and can post at least a .270 average instead of a .255.

  5. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Eddy: i’d like to grab one of those guys around there. probably would go for it if that’s how things shake out and there isn’t someone else on the board that you are in love with for a 13/14th round pick.

  6. Tony says:

    @Eddy: i like those two there. Early guys don’t interest me, and I dont like the idea of rostering a .250 hitting crapshoot. Sure i can trade it in for the flavor of the week and maybe FIND a montero or whatever, but i’d rather just spend a 13th rounder on him….

  7. GumbyDammit says:

    Hey Grey, Big fan of your site; much better than the jokers @ ESPN & Yahoo. FYI…Scott Pianowski on Yahoo didn’t rate AGon, Reynolds or Morneau in his top 60!
    Anyway, just took part in my draft and need your quick advice for my roster here goes:
    C- Pudge & Olivo
    1B- Tex, C. Pena, Konerko
    2B- Kinsler, Uggla
    SS- Peralta
    3B- I. Stewart
    OF- Grady, Granderson, Ludwick, Swisher, Hairston
    SP- Lester, Hamels, Billingsley, B. Anderson, Kuroda, Piniero
    RP- Soria, Marmol, Madson
    Do you think I have enough with Peralta, or should I try to upgrade?
    What other areas do you think I need to improve?
    Many Thanks,

  8. Frank Rizzo says:

    After doing quite a few mocks on ESPN and getting comfortable now with their rankings there are some guys who can be had for cheap if other guys in your league aren’t paying attention in these drafts….
    -James Shields

    There are others but those guys come to mind. I’ve actually gotten Morneau in the 5th round of quite a few mocks. And I always punt catcher now and end up with Soto or Napoli every time.

  9. Pirate Jesus says:

    Which do you like more long-term Justin Smoak or Kyle Blanks?

  10. Ghostface Przybilla says:

    Got offered Utley for Mauer and my 20th rd pick (10th round of year 2 in the keeper league). Would you rather have the top catcher in the game or the top 2B?

  11. Eddy says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: @Tony:

    Exactly! I knew punting catcher meant not going
    for the top 3 guys (and maybe even Wieters to an extent), but I must say I don’t believe in waiting until the 20th round for these guys. Especially considering the fact that after the countless mocks I’ve done it seems that average is all ready a weak spot for me. No point in damaging it even more for a SP that’s probably risky or a batter who had a sub-par 2009 and I’m counting for a bounceback.

  12. Is Salty definitely getting the job over Teagarden this year? I thought he was injured.

  13. As for as the other position guy with catcher eligibility: At least Yahoo! continues to have the A’s Daric Barton listed as a catcher. Not terribly exciting, but he is their starting 1B until Chris Carter is called up.

    I’d stick with Clement if he has C elig in your league though.

  14. Tony says:

    @Eddy: weiters is too hyped, i have an orioles homer in my main $ league and he took him in the 7th round LAST YEAR, lol, i can only imagine what he’ll do this yr when he actually MIGHT be able to put up some decent stats for a FULL YEAR….

    I think the soto/montero route is my favorite right now. If I somehow get sniped on them then I guess i can punt til way late, but i have to get SNIPED for that to happen.

  15. Antrim Warriors says:

    slow day in fantasy baseball land? a post about which shitty catchers to target…yikes!

  16. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Eddy: yeah, i mean, i doubt i’d reach into the top 10 rounds for them, and someone else might, at which point i’d probably sit on my hands until way late and take a clement/salty/etc. type gamble on a guy with some upside.

    @Ghostface Przybilla: utley. and it’s not even close.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Schlitzy: AL and NL-Only are coming. Pineiro – ha!

    @GopherDay: Yeah, I would.

    @Eddy: Soto and Montero are fine there. I’ve talked about them plenty in the past. Didn’t want to go over them again.

    @GumbyDammit: Need to know how many teams.

    @Frank Rizzo: That’s a good list to know.

    @Pirate Jesus: Smoak

    @Ghostface Przybilla: I’d want Utley.

    @Real Tom: Salty’s saying he will be ready for the start of the season.

    @Red Sox Talk: Barton’s a catcher? Wow, didn’t know that. Thanks!

  18. DannyStartable? says:

    Thoughts on this trade proposal?

    I give up Votto and G. Sizemore for Pujos and J. Sanchez. Already have Miggy at 1B, so Pujols would be my Utility. Remaining OF would be Braun, Hamilton, CarGo, and T. Snider?


  19. GumbyDammit says:

    Sorry, 12 team league, the usual starters with 1 util, 1 mi util, 3 of starters. I picked 9th and was psyched to get Tex.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: I added Soto, just in case people forget I wrote a sleeper post about him 2 months ago.

    @DannyStartable?: That’s not an easy trade to turn down. I always say to go with the top name, but I think I’d keep Votto and Sizemore.

  21. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GumbyDammit: Your catchers are useless… 3 outfield starters and you have Hairston on your team? That’s confusing… Peralta’s not good… Uggla, Pena, Stewart and Grady on the same team is going to hurt your average… Pineiro? Blech.

  22. GumbyDammit says:

    Yeah, I figured I’d drop Hairston & Piniero as they were my last picks. My starting OF will obviously be Grady, Granderson & Ludwick with maybe Swisher platooning with Ludwick. Our draft was stange, catchers were flying off the board and we only start 1. I guess I could package Uggla or Pena and a Pitcher for a pretty good SS.

  23. mrbaseball says:

    deep dynasty league need to drop one – Brian Duensing (Min – SP,RP) or Ross Ohlendorf (Pit – SP,RP) I just can’t remember which one has the best upside here – my quess is none – to me both look like streams – but still I get to keep one

  24. DannyStartable? says:

    @Grey Thanks for the perspective. Should I counter with Hamilton and Votto, plus a lower-tier SP for Pujols and Sanchez? This is a H2H weekly points dynasty league.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GumbyDammit: You only start one catcher and you have two terrible ones? Lose one immediately, preferably both.

    @mrbaseball: Both are kinda eh. I’d go for Duensing if push came to shove.

    @DannyStartable?: Sure, you can try that.

  26. Neil says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Hi Frank. What about the opposite? Who are the guys you feel are going way too high based on the ESPN rankings? I was disappointed to see ESPN ranked some of the sleepers mentioned here very high (e.g. McCutchen #85, Elvis #98, Borbon #127). It will be tough to get those guys reasonably thanks to ESPN.

  27. Kid n' Play says:

    Grey, I see you got Rzepczynski in your auction league. I understand you didn’t have much money left and that was the reason why you probably got him but what should we expect out of him in the AL East? Erratic with a lot of K’s? Maybe Clay Buchholz in 2008? Should he be paid attention to in deep keeper leagues?

    Who else outside of your top 80 starters would you still be willing to give a shot to?

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kid n’ Play: Just as I did a catchers to target, I’ll do a starters with some names that might be out of the top 80. The RZE’s not bad, Gio Gonzalez, Felipe Paulino, Marcum… To name a few.

  29. anon says:

    Abreau and Cliff Lee for Holliday. Who wins?

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @anon: Holliday

  31. Lava says:

    Re: Barton

    If Barton truly is listed as a catcher, he could be a great last round addition. He’s projected as a Hatteberg type, with a decent average and OBP. You could definitely do worse.

    Thanks for the eligibility info. I think I’ll target him as a last resort final round catcher if none of the ones listed here look good at the time.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lava: Yeah, agreed. Since he hasn’t played a game at catcher since 2004 in Single A, it doesn’t make any sense.


  33. matthole says:

    RE: Barton – Id make sure he’s listed as a C before you select him. My Yahoo settings doesnt have him as C eligible.

  34. Robert says:

    Nice write up. I did a mock the other day and had the 11th out of 12 picks. Chose Fielder 1st and when it came back to me Howard was still on the board. I took him for a utility spot thinking I had two power bats that no other team would be able to match. Not a good strategy I guess?

  35. Barry says:

    What do you think of Jesus Flores?

    Someone told me he could be the poor man’s Kurt Suzuki, so a guy who is looking for a low-cost catcher in Suzuki could instead go for a no-cost catcher in Flores. Please comment. This is my first razzball question; I dig the site.

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Barry: He has Pudge in front of him. As long as Pudge’s is healthy, it’s going to be hard for Flores to get enough ABs to be relevant. Though I do like Flores if he can get the ABs.

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