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Is Piazza still the top catcher?

Postby The Jury » Mon Feb 23, 2004 9:50 am

Posada's pretty solid every year, but Piazza has been the stud catcher for the past years. After last year, is he still king? Does he command a round 2-3 pick?
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Postby Broncmet724 » Mon Feb 23, 2004 9:52 am

Late round 3 maybe, but Posada will be more consistent, although some time at 1B will help keep Mikey healthy through a whole season.
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Postby EugeneStyles » Mon Feb 23, 2004 10:24 am

Piazza is listed at number 8 or 9 on Sporting News. He'll probably be better than that, but I doubt he'll go as one of the top 3 catchers (probably IRod, Posada, and Javy).
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Postby unclepaulie » Mon Feb 23, 2004 10:36 am

Piazza not a top three catcher? WOW
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Postby lesgrant » Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:47 am

Piazza is a roto fav of mine. Remaining healthy and playing part time 1B will send his numbers, for a catcher, through the roof. He will be a draft day priority for me. One may be able to get him in a slightly later round because of the low ranking. I’m not sure I’d want to risk waiting to pull the trigger though.
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Postby TheRock » Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:49 am

I think Piazza is definitely a top 3. If anyone falls out of that group I think it'll likely be Pudge or Javy.

Playing first will keep Piazza healthy and get him more ABs. I think a .300/30/100 year is quite possible.
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Postby Madison » Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:54 am

I've got Posada at #1. Piazza is in the top 3, but I wouldn't grab him until at least the 4th-5th round.
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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Mon Feb 23, 2004 12:19 pm

I will see which of the 4 falls to me in the 5th, but Piazza is my #1 C - easily. No one can complaign if he gets taken in the 3rd.
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I feel Pudge is going to have a big year...

Postby kammster » Mon Feb 23, 2004 1:14 pm

One reason is that when he is not Catchering he will probably be DH. This will give him more AB than most Catchers. He will drop in HR because of Detroit's park but he is a gap hitter which will help him with all the room in the room in Detroit. I still think Posada is the number 1 catcher with Pudge right on his tail and Piazza right there too. Piazza is still in the top three! :-D
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Mon Feb 23, 2004 1:15 pm

I know that I'm going against majority opinion here, but I'm not sure that Piazza is the #1 catcher on the Mets anymore (for fantasy purposes, natch). I just think he's too old and becoming too much of an injury risk. Sure, he's still got the ability but I'm not sold that he can stay healthy.
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