"And as per your question, I have no open slots on my team.
And Salty and Thole are both on the WW, which one do you like better? I originally had Salty but dropped him for Pier... got impatient with him"
I like the moves you made, so good job!
As for the catching situation, I definitely like Salty and Thole better in the long run. But they bring different things to the table.
For what it's worth, Bill James and ZiPs projections are below:Bill James
Salty: .249/.323/.422 with 12 homers, 43 rbi's, and 45 runs
AJ: .276/.315/.403 with 12 homers 59 rbi's and 53 runs
Thole: .280/.352/.385 with 3 homers, 35 rbi's, and 34 runs
Hannigan: .273/.342/.380 with 5 homers, 37 rbi's, and 39 runs
Salty: .230/.308..382 with 9 homers, 38 rbi's and 39 runs
AJ: .272/.304/.399 with 11 homers, 52 rbi's and 49 runs
Thole: .273/.342/.380 with 5 homers, 49 rbi's and 48 runs
Hannigan: .269/.356/.364 with 5 homers, 32 rbi's and 32 runs
Now, keep in mind these are pre-season projections. Salty and AJ compare fairly similarly, whereas Thole and Hannigan offer like numbers. That being said, Salty and Thole were only expected to get about 350-375 at-bats, whereas AJ was considered the full-time starter (500 or so at bats).
Thus far into the season, only Salty, AJ, and Thole have gotten over 20 AB's. Obviously, we need to understand these are small sample numbers, and with these guys being 3rd tier catchers, we need to go with gut and luck sometimes over quantitative analysis.
I could be wrong, of course, but as a Mets fan I'm watching Josh Thole play every single day. The Mets management is pretty much sold on him being their starting catcher for the next 5-10 years, so I'd put my money on him getting at least 400-500 at-bats. With that opportunity, he should hit around 7 or 8 homers, with 60 rbi's and 60 runs. I see him doing that while hitting anywhere between .285 and .305. I look at him as a young Jason Kendall.
It depends on the risk you want to take. If I've convinced you, ride Hannigan while he's hot and then grab Thole. Otherwise, AJ is obviously the safest bet. On a side note, however, monitor White Sox prospect Tyler Flowers. If AJ struggles, gets hurt, or is traded, Flowers would be the starter. He's very similar to JP Arenciba. One final side note- if Hannigan gets full playing time throughout the season, he could hit 10-12 homers. Still, I like Thole's ability to raise your team's BAvg and OBP stats.