by JustAnotherYanksFan » Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:11 pm
I see Javy Lopez as Mike Piazza as two of the most intriguing options, since they'll have catcher eligibility but probably won't play catcher. If Brandon Inge could be one of the top-ranked catchers last year as a position player with catcher eligibility, then I would think a guy like Javy or Piazza would be quite a bit above the rest of the pack. Of course, with Javy at age 35 and coming off a mediocre season, he's far from a sure bet.
I suspect that aging guys like Posada and Pudge will go earlier than they should. I think this is definitely a year to wait and grab a catcher late. To be honest, Piazza's the only one who really jumps out at me, and that depends where he ends up. V-Mart's tempting, but I think he'll go well before I'd be willing to take him.
I don't see why any of these guys is worth worrying about let alone spending a top 8-10 round pick on. Frankly, if you play in mixed league, 1 C lroster eagues, I just assume wait til round 20 and grab a Molina, Pierz, LoDuca, Barrett type. Even in 2 C leagues, none of these guys is worth worrying about. The top C, VM is a dubious call next season. Mauer has proven nothing withminilal power. Posada is in serious decline...same for IRod and Piazza. There is no reason to really even waste your time on this position in anything but single league leagues.
WittyC wrote:Joe Mauer is terribly overrated by everyone... he has done nothing at the MLB level that warrants being second catcher overall.
I agree w/ pretty much everything else, but I'd move Kendall up quite a bit (ahead of McCann, who also might be too high). No homers, but still a career .300 hitter who plays more often than most catchers. 601 AB compared w/ V-Mart's 547 (second most) and Ivan's 504 (third most).
Good list, though.
I agree. I think unproven Mauer shouldn't jump ahead of Varitek just yet.
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Amazinz wrote:I agree with Pogo, Barrett is way too low. Also agree with the two posts above although it seems like everyone has this opinion so I am not sure how much of a sleeper he'll be since you'll probably have to pay for it. The way I see the catcher rankings this year is that unless VMart falls I will target no one and just grab whatever crap is leftover. I'm certainly not drafting Mauer as if he's the #2 catcher. He might be but I'm not going to pay for it.
Agreed. Looking at this list really demonstrates how ugly C is at the moment...
Also agreed on Barrett and Mauer.
Wanted to add that Doumit might be a pretty decent sleeper. He may get a lot of playing time in OF than most C's will.
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