Last week we checked out how the catching position looked for AL-only owners (click here to view) and it didn’t look so bad. However, can the same thing be said for those in NL-only formats? Not quite, honestly. Let’s take a look at how things shake out:
- Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
- Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
- Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers
- Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals
- Geovany Soto – Chicago Cubs
- Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
- John Buck – Miami Marlins
- Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds
- Nick Hundley – San Diego Padres
- Carlos Ruiz – Philadelphia Phillies
- Josh Thole – New York Mets
- There is a distinct separation between the top three options and the rest of the field. While there is some risk (mostly due to injuries), McCann, Posey and Montero would give you a definite advantage over your competition. I still wouldn’t reach to draft them too early, but in this format it is at least worth considering.
- There’s a lot of hype surrounding Devin Mesoraco and he does have a ton of upside. Unfortunately, it is impossible to think that he is going to open the year as the team’s regular catcher. Much like the Reds did in 2011, Ryan Hanigan is expected to share team early on. Hopefully by mid-year Mesoraco has earned regular AB, but even that is no guarantee. I would expect him to boast the value of the position in 2013, but in 2012 Mesoraco is far from a guarantee.
- Nick Hundley finished strong in 2011 (.367, 6 HR, 14 RBI over the final two months), but he now has Yasmani Grandal breathing down his neck. If you draft Hundley you will want to try and handcuff yourself. Chances are Grandal will make his Major League debut at some point during the year.
- How many years does Geovany Soto have to disappoint owners before they get the hint? He was the one NL catcher that I named in my list of catchers to avoid (click here to view), and it isn’t very different in NL-only formats. In the past three years his highs have been 17 HR, 54 RBI and 47 R, though he is going to be drafted with much bigger numbers in mind. Don’t draft him based solely on the name value.
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