PlayingWithFire wrote:Catching prospects are one of my least favorite things. The bust rate is way too high.
Remember JD Closser? George Kottaras? Chris Ianetta? Taylor Teagarden? Jarrod Saltlamacchia?
Salty is the only one you listed who was a top 100 type prospect. He's still only 26 and will compete for a starting job in the spring.
Not true, top 100 prospect is really not that exclusive, looking at BA top 100(reputable, easy to find for me), catching prospects are below with their year and ranking.
Ben Petrick 35-Parkinson's
Matt Lecroy 44-MLB utility man, not really a catcher
Jayson Werth 48-Not a catcher, good hitter, developed late
Steve Lomasney 50-Who?
Ryan Christianson 85-Who?
JR House 21-Backup
Brandon Inge 67-Not a catcher, useful utility guy IRL
Dane Sardinha 74-Backup at best
Joe Lawrence 99-Who?
Joe Mauer 7-Obviously great
Josh Phelps 36-Not a catcher, not a major leaguer
John Buck 43-Some very average/below average years in KC, one good year in Toronto, can he keep it up?
Victor Martinez 97-obviously great
Jeff Mathis 48-MLB backup at best
Justin Huber 66-Not a C, not a MLBer
Guillermo Quiroz 35-bust, not even a major leaguer
Dionner Navarro 41-decent
Kelly Shoppach 78-a couple decent years
Daric Barton 32-Not a catcher
Brian McCann 44-Great
Neil Walker 81-Not a catcher
Russ Martin 89-some great years
18-Salty-not great so far, outlook really isn't that great
33-Jeff Clement-not really a catcher, bust so far
66-Kenji Johjima-does he even count as a prospect?
After 2006 we start running into guys(like Montero) that's still in the minors or are too early to tell.
25 total prospects
Guys that's no longer catcher (8)
Matt Lecroy, Jayson Werth, Brandon Inge, Josh Phelps, Justin Huber, Daric Barton, Neil Walker, Jeff Clement
Guys that worked out great (4)
Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, Russ Martin, Brian McCann
Guys that can help out a fantasy team, besides the elite guys (3)
John Buck, Dionner Navarro, Kelly Shoppach
The rest are busts except Ben Petrick, who is on his way to a pretty good career until Parkinson's took that from him. I'm ready to call Salty a bust, he's had plenty of chances and just didn't capitalize. Red Sox also aren't the greatest with reclamation projects lately...