It has been awhile since we’ve updated ours mixed league rankings, so now is the best time to start running through them once again (as draft season is going hot and heavy). Let’s start off with the catching position, which saw one of the best sleepers go down with an injury in Salvador Perez. While we still don’t have a solid timeline for his return, he has become too big of a risk to draft as a starter in one-catcher formats, dropping him from this list.
Let’s take a look at how everything currently shakes out:
- Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians
- Mike Napoli – Texas Rangers
- Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
- Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
- Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Alex Avila – Detroit Tigers
- Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
- Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
- Jesus Montero – Seattle Mariners
- Kurt Suzuki – Oakland Athletics
- Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers
- Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals
- Geovany Soto – Chicago Cubs
- Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
- Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
- Until we have a solid timeline for Perez he is going to hang onto these rankings. If he’s only going to miss a minimal amount of time at the start he should get more than enough playing time to justify using him. We’ve talked about him a lot, and you can click here to view more of my thoughts on him (and my projection prior to the injury).
- Around the late round catching options I discussed recently (click here to view) were Jonathan Lucroy and Kurt Suzuki. I know a lot of people want to write Suzuki off, but he’s suffered from poor luck (.245 and .244 BABIP the past two years) and makes good contact (career 11.2% strikeout rate). In other words, there are a lot of good reasons to think that he will have a solid bounce back campaign.
- Jesus Montero should catch enough fairly quickly to be eligible at catcher, but from the start of the season most formats are going to have him as just Utility eligible (both ESPN and CBS are set that way). Just keep that in mind. If you select him you are going to need to also add a place holder for the first few weeks, especially since Miguel Olivo figures to get the bulk of the starts behind the plate.
- Don’t get caught up by the name value of Joe Mauer. Remember his huge 2009 fondly (.365, 28 HR), but it is impossible to think he will even come close to those numbers. The only other time he has hit more than 9 HR in a season came in 2006 (13 HR) and he is one of the biggest injury risks in the league. I’d much rather own a high upside player like Matt Wieters at this point in his career, especially since you can generally get him a round or two later.
- It’s been a slow start to Buster Posey’s spring, going just 1-9 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R thus far. Don’t get too caught up in the numbers, though. We all know the potential he brings and, as long as he looks healthy, he’s going to be a good buy on draft day (assuming you don’t have to reach for him).
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