by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
When drafting a catcher for a dynasty league is it better to get a one or two year fill-in, or do you want to target one of the up-and-coming youngster who are on the verge? Do you want to draft an A.J. Pierzynski or do you want to stash a Josmil Pinto or Gary Sanchez?
In this case, there are only so many catchers who can post big numbers so getting a long-term solution may make the most sense. There should be plenty of options available later on to fill the short-term hole, so make sure not to be too short-sighted. Of course a lot of the better options in the league are 27-years old or younger, which helps, but there are still a few elder statesman who can produce.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at our rankings:
- Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants (27-years old)
- Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians (27-years old)
- Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals (23-years old)
- Wilin Rosario – Colorado Rockies (25-years old)
- Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers (27-years old)
- Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals (31-years old)
- Jason Castro – Houston Astros (26-years old)
- Brian McCann – New York Yankees (30-years old)
- Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles (27-years old)
- Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals (26-years old)
- Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins (30-years old)
- Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets (24-years old)
- Mike Zunino – Seattle Mariners (23-years old)
- Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks (30-years old)
- Alex Avila – Detroit Tigers (27-years old)
- Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds (25-years old)
- Evan Gattis – Atlanta Braves (27-years old)
- Josmil Pinto – Minnesota Twins (25-years old)
- Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees (21-years old)
- Jorge Alfaro – Texas Rangers (20-years old)
Just Missed (in no specific order) – Russell Martin, Yan Gomes, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, A.J. Pierzynski
- Joe Mauer is included on these rankings, but his value takes a hit because we know he’s going to be losing catching eligibility. Is he a good option in 2014? Absolutely, but expecting him to have just 1B eligibility beginning in 2015 at 30-years old is a major negative. When drafting for a dynasty league, that has to be taken into account.
- The same thing can be said for Brian McCann, though he should have an extra season or two of catching eligibility. Once Gary Sanchez is ready McCann will likely shift to DH, which does hurt his long-term outlook. We aren’t about to ignore his production for the next 2-3 seasons, though, and with catchers you never really know.
- We all know how good Yadier Molina is, but he is 31-years old so how many “great” years does he really have left? He has been getting better, which helps to keep him buoyed on these rankings, but we have to keep things realistic.
- Josmil Pinto may not be looking like he’s going to start in Minnesota in 2014, but is there any question if he is the long-term solution? His power has been growing over the past few seasons and he brings a solid average with him as well. He get a slight boost over guys like Jorge Alfaro and Gary Sanchez, because he’s closer to the Majors, but the other two could prove to be better long-term solutions.
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