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Postby shortsavage » Sat Dec 09, 2006 1:55 am

The 2007 rookie catcher class is pretty cut and dry. Here's some headsup on the rookie catchers who stand the best chance to make a major league impact next season:

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Postby avsfan4ever33 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:27 pm

I agree that Ianetta is #1 right now. He had a good cup of coffee in the majors, and should get the majority of ABs for the Rockies in 2007.
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Postby pokeyjoe » Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:39 pm

That's good to know, catcher is such a hard position to get a dependable person right now besides the top few.
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Postby Dr. StrangeGlove » Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:47 pm

Any cathchers in the AL.?
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Postby Havok1517 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 2:26 pm

Dr. StrangeGlove wrote:Any cathchers in the AL.?


Clement
Mathis
Nieves
Kottaras

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Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Sat Dec 09, 2006 2:42 pm

Havok1517 wrote:
Dr. StrangeGlove wrote:Any cathchers in the AL.?


Clement
Mathis
Nieves
Kottaras

?


Not sure that any of them will see lots of time. Clement is almost surely going to spend the full year in AAA. Was injured last year and still trying to get his swing back.

Mathis is still third on the depth chart, though Molina may be dealt. He's been so up and down the last 3-4 years, that it would be hard to justify drafting him unless he had a monster ST and was given the starting nod.

Kottaras is behind Varitek. Unless he plummets, GK is back-up at best in 2007.

Wil Nieves? He's a 29 year old who hasn't posted an OBP over .320 in the minor leagues since 2000. Definitely not a real prospect, IMO.
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Postby Morrison8312 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 2:56 pm

GotowarMissAgnes wrote:
Havok1517 wrote:
Dr. StrangeGlove wrote:Any cathchers in the AL.?


Clement
Mathis
Nieves
Kottaras

?


Not sure that any of them will see lots of time. Clement is almost surely going to spend the full year in AAA. Was injured last year and still trying to get his swing back.

Mathis is still third on the depth chart, though Molina may be dealt. He's been so up and down the last 3-4 years, that it would be hard to justify drafting him unless he had a monster ST and was given the starting nod.

Kottaras is behind Varitek. Unless he plummets, GK is back-up at best in 2007.

Wil Nieves? He's a 29 year old who hasn't posted an OBP over .320 in the minor leagues since 2000. Definitely not a real prospect, IMO.


Yeah Kottaras will probably spend the year in AAA but don't be surprised if he's up this year. I would bet that they'll have him catching when Zink (our minor league knuckleballer) is pitching. If he does well they'll give him a shot with Wakefield..
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Postby shortsavage » Sat Dec 09, 2006 4:17 pm

I'd gamble on Jeff Clement if anyone in the AL. His stock is SO low right now (mid-season addition/late draft pick/easy to trade for) and he still has all that potential -- taken 3rd overall in the 2005 draft.

If Clement starts hitting, the Mariners will find some big league at-bats for him.

Clement would have been No. 4 on this list if we went any deeper.
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Postby laxguy8947 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 5:39 pm

Jarrod Saltalamachia has a chance to make an impact, espcially if the Braves deal him. There's also a chance he could move to 1B of left.

So 07 maybe, 08 definitely ;-D
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Postby shortsavage » Sat Dec 09, 2006 5:56 pm

Yeah, I gave a little bit of thought to Saltalamacchia. I'm starting to lean towards seeing him move away from catcher. His prospect stock has taken a nose dive over the last year.
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