Who’s the ____ at Catcher

Posted: March 30, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports
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Most if not all fantasy experts say to wait and draft a catcher lase. It’s not a terrible idea, but if one of the top guys fall to you why pass on him. Here’s a look at who’s, who in 2015. The tough part with catchers is you’re only going to get about 120 games out of even the best catcher.

The Best; Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants. Posey has 3 World Series rings a Rookie of the Year award and an MVP award. With a resume like that how could he not be the best catcher in baseball. I am wondering how the absence of Hunter Pence will affect Posey to start the season. Posey is a career .308 hitter has the power to hit 25 home runs in a season. The question will be how much will the Giants score; so Posey can rack up some RBI’s. He did drive in 89 runs in 2014 and fantasy owners would gladly take that from their catching position. There’s really no one close to Posey at catcher; you just have to decide were you’d be willing to draft him.

Underrated; Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians. This will be the last season Gomes is underrated; so you’ll have a chance to steal him this season and that will be it. Gomes hit 21 home runs, drove in 78 RBI’s and hit .278 in his first full season as Cleveland’s catcher. Gomes played in 135 games last season catching 126 of them; so he’s going to be in the line up. The negative you have to watch with Gomes is he’s going to strikeout; 120 times last season. So if your league subtracts points for strikeouts adjust your ratings for Gomes. Of course if you can get 20 to 25 home runs, 80 to 85 RBI’s and a .280 batting average out of Gomes in 2015 you can live with the strikeouts especially from a catcher.

Bounce Back; Brian McCann, New York Yankees. I heard an expert say that McCann was shifted against more than any other player in major league baseball last season and his stats suffered for it. McCann hit .232 last season; the second lowest he’s hit in a season. McCann’s power numbers were still good hitting 23 home runs and driving in 75 runs last season. McCann is going to hit home runs playing half his games in Yankees Stadium, but he’s gong to have to make the adjustments to what defenses are doing to him. It seemed like last season McCann was trying to prove he could beat the shift and it hurt his average. Just 10 hits to leftfield last season would’ve raised his batting average 20 points. If McCann is willing to take a few singles the other way he’ll improve in 2015.

Stay Away from; Christian Vázquez, Boston Red Sox. It’s a small sample size for Vasquez; just 55 games last season, but did he show you anything in those 55 games to make you think he’s a quality major league catcher. Vasquez is more of a defensive catcher; he threw out 52% of runners trying to steal last season. That’s great for the Red Sox and their pitching staff, but bad for fantasy owners. Vasquez hit .240 last season with just 1 home run and 20 RBI’s. Again that was in just 55 games and you’d think the power and RBI numbers will go up by playing in more games, but not enough for fantasy owners to draft him.

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