2012 Rankings (NL-Only): Top 12 Catchers

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:

  1. Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
  2. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
  3. Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks
  4. Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers
  5. Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals
  6. Geovany Soto – Chicago Cubs
  7. Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
  8. John Buck – Miami Marlins
  9. Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds
  10. Nick Hundley – San Diego Padres
  11. Carlos Ruiz – Philadelphia Phillies
  12. Josh Thole – New York Mets

Thoughts:

  • 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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7 comments

  1. Mike D says:

    I am a big LuCroy fan, but not sure how Molina is not #3 on this list! With Pujols gone he’ll get more RBI opportunities. And he is just a very good hitter!!

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Molina’s power is my biggest question mark, and he’ll need to replicate it this season to make me a believer. While he hit 14 last season there were two “big” streaks that buoyed him:

      - July – 3 consecutive games with a HR
      - August – 3 HR in 3 days

      You take those two out, he’s his normal single digit HR type. While he is a good hitter, unless he’s going to hit .320, it’s not enough to offset the power you can get elsewhere.

  2. jmax says:

    That’s one ugly list of players. I don’t see myyself playing an NL only league any time soon!

    • jmax says:

      I think we learn alot about Molina and Soto this yr. I’ve seen both guys projected to hit all over the batting order. Either way they’ll be asked to carry more of the load this yr. Could be good buy-low candidates

  3. gt says:

    Wow that is a very high ranking for lucroy. If you want to draft him that high, by all means. As a hometown Brewers fan in an NL only league, dude is a top 8 at best. With kottaras in tow he’s not even guaranteed 400 ABS. Molina on the other hand is a lock, and Ramos has one heck of a ceiling. Geez I’d grab buck and his 18 hrs first.

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