Mookie4ever wrote:I don't know why but for some reason the really hyped young catchers fall flat on their faces and the veteran catchers have big years out of nowhere.
People used to waste early draft picks on Toby Hall and Ben Petrick when it was late pick (or waiver wire pick ups) Javy Lopez and Greg Myers who were doing all the damage.
Late pick only in a keeper league if you can afford to waste it.
I don't know, back in 1993 I "wasted" an earlier pick on a guy named Piazza, and was about laughed out of the draft room. Of course the league then spent the next 5 years trying to pry the guy away from me.
I am not saying Martinez will be Piazza this year, that is a real reach, but I also don't think Hall or Petrick have consecutive minor league MVP honors under their belt either. This one looks like he will be special, and the worth of a great hitting catcher in what always has been the most scarce position is too much to pass until a late round "waste" pick.
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