What C's are available?
Kurt Suzuki - nice sleeper catcher. He will be hitting cleanup for a meaningless lineup and someone has got to get RBIs and provide SOME power. I think he will be it. I also think his .ba will be higher this year.
Salvador Perez - nice young catcher here also from KC. Good power potential solid ba might be Napoli/Olivo type with a little bit better BA (around 270) Salvador Perez is Mock Draft Central‘s 16th-ranked catcher. His overall rating of 329 puts him in the 28th round of 12-team leagues. If his brief taste of the big leagues is any indication, he’ll be a legitimate top-10 fantasy catcher before long.
In 39 games and 148 at-bats Perez batted .331 with 20 runs, three HRs and 21 RBI. His OPS was an impressive .834. Day or night, home or away, grass or turf, it didn’t matter—he got the job done.
He held his own against right-handed pitching, hitting .291 with a .711 OPS. Perez absolutely murdered lefties though, hitting a ridiculous .484 with a 1.285 OPS in 31 at-bats. He might as well have been facing minor league pitching the way he clobbered southpaws.
Speaking of minor league pitching, he hit at that level too. After hitting .189 for Single-A Burlington he steadily improved going to .290 for Single-A+ Wilmington and .283 for Double-A NW Arkansas. He topped if off by crushing it for Triple-A Omaha to the tune of a .333 average and .847 OPS.
Perez showed good plate discipline, only striking out 20 times in 148 big league at-bats after only whiffing 134 times in 1,228 minor league ABs.
His POP times are said to be amazing and he threw out 42% of all base runners in his minor league career.
The Royals have a nice young squad. With Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Jeff Francoeur, Mike Moustakas and Perez they have the potential to do some damage. Can they compete with the likes of Detroit and the rest of the AL Central powers? Perhaps not, but they should be fantasy-friendly once again.
Nick Hundley - good power potential here. If he can stay healthy Padres lineup has improved a bit he'll be good for 350 ABs and should give about 20 homers 85 RBI if healthy. Better than nothing right. However, multiple injuries to his wrist, hand and elbow have essentially taken the bat out of his hands the past 4 seasons. He surged in August and September last year and leaves hope that he can produce over a full healthy season. He has 20 HR power and may challenge that benchmark in 2012.
Devin Mesoraco - we already him already. Please also draft Hanigan just to be safe and he's a solid 275 hitter (Hanny is) so just to be safe....handcuff your top RB...heh
Chris Iannetta - I know what you are thinking...if a hitter doesn’t produce in Coors Field, what can we expect from him now that he no longer calls that park home? With a trade to the Angels, Iannetta should finally get a shot at more playing time in 2012. Hitting in one of the better line ups in the AL won’t hurt either. Any offense featuring Pujols is a potentially explosive one. Add to this the fact that Iannetta replaces one of the lightest-hitting catchers (Jeff Mathis) in all MLB, and Iannetta is primed to get a good opportunity to shine with his new club.
Ramon Hernandez - It’s been awhile since Hernandez had any fantasy clout (the 2006 season, to be exact) but with a move to Coors Field, anything is possible. He hasn’t cracked the 315 AB mark in 3 straight seasons but with the change of scenery, if he gets to 400+AB, he could net 15+ HR and 60+ RBI. That may put him ahead of several other late-round catchers and giving him some sleeper potential to boot.
Wilson Ramos - good lineup protection, solid on D, young Pudge here. He can do it all and will prove it in 2012. . The 24-year-old’s ability to hit for power and average makes him an enticing sleeper for 2012. In just 389 at bats, Ramos hit .267 with 15 homers, 52 RBIs and 48 runs scored. He will not be pushed by backup Jesus Flores and should get the vast majority of the playing time. Based on his 2011 season, Ramos is capable of a .270 year with 20 home runs and 65 RBI in an improved Nationals lineup.
Looknig very deep:
He might not help a ton in your power/SB categories but the Dodgers A.J. Ellis would be a nice low end #1 or high end #2 catcher in deeper leagues because the guy can flat out hit and hit well. He also takes a lot of walks which leads to high OBP so at least he can help you in two cats. Better to have a 2-cat helping catcher than someone who might give you one or two games a week right.
Keep an eye on -- (draft as a potential backup handcuff)
Taylor Teagarden - though not a great option backing up Matt Wieters, if he suffers an injury he's the only other catcher that Baltimore has, he has a great arm, calls a great game and is a solid catcher at least its a potential #2 catcher here.
Tyler Flowers - this can flat out rake and rake some more. He has unbelievable power but has never put it all together. AJP last year of his contract and Flowers has to be given a shot eventually in fact they expect to give him some time at DH so be extra aware.
Ryan Doumit - reports are he's healthy with no more nagging injuries, has potential to hit about 15-20 homers and 70 RBI and not kill you anywhere so he'd be a solid 2nd catcher to draft late. Be prepared for a fallback option..
Ryan Lavarnway - If Salty can't hack it, POUNCE QUICKLY!
Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies (23)
Ruiz was the 23rd ranked catcher according to the Yahoo! Sports composite ranking, but I think he has more fantasy value than that. Ruiz doesn't supply much power, only 14 home runs over the past two years, but he hits for a high average and gets on base. He hit .302/.400 in 2010 and .283/.371 in 2011. Ruiz is a patient hitter and has more career walks (241) than strikeouts (.236). If you find yourself in need of batting average and on base percentage late in the draft, you may want to keep an eye on Ruiz.
We all know Miguel Olivo's power production - good pickup for 2nd catcher...He gets enough at bats that he could end up as a top 10 catcher if he becomes a consistent producer. In 2011 he totaled 477 at bats but only batted .223. If you don't want to draft one of the top options and would like to find a diamond in the rough this could be your guy. You can use one of your last picks in the draft on him, or leave him to waivers and pick him up in season.
Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks: He was limited to 297 at-bats by injury last season, but still drove in 43 runs. In 2009, his first full big-league season, Montero batted .294 with 16 homers and 59 RBI in 425 at-bats. Eight seems to be his average ranking, and where he is here, but if he stays healthy, he could provide top-five value.
John Jaso - good #2 catcher...He hit .263 with 43 RBI and 57 runs in 339 at-bats as a rookie. He'll likely sit against lefties (Jaso hit .191 against them last season), but he has the potential to hit for average (.290 in the minors) with decent power (57 homers and 330 RBI in 2,165 minor-league at-bats).
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: He is regarded as one of Milwaukee's top five prospects, though he didn't show much in 277 at-bats in 2010 (.253, four homers, 26 RBI). Take a look at his minor-league numbers, and you see sleeper potential (.298, 35 homers, 198 RBI, 188 runs and an .837 OPS in 1,250 at-bats).
Jason Castro, Astros: Not to be confused with the former American Idol wannabe, the Astros' 2008 first-round pick might be their best prospect. Castro hit .205 in 195 at-bats as a rookie last season, but his minor-league numbers are impressive (.287, 111 RBI, 106 runs in 795 at-bats).
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