Fantasy Baseball – Sleeper & Value Catchers
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Posey has the tools, but it’s a matter of opportunity. He did struggle with his brief taste of the bigs last year going 2 for 17 (.118). He did however, go a combined 137 for 422 (.325) for A+ San Jose and Triple-A Fresno last year.He added 84 runs, 18 HRs, 80 RBIs, and 6 SBs. Bengie Molina has a hold on the starting catcher gig, but he turns 36 in June, which makes him more susceptible to injury. At the very least, Posey should get another shot in September. He’s also played a little at first bases this spring. If the Giants feel they want his bat in the lineup, the added flexibility could hurry the call along.
Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Santana is another one that will start the year in the minors. Unlike Posey, Santana doesn’t have such a proven vet standing in his way. The highest level Santana has reached is Double-Akron. He tore it up for them hitting .290 with 91 runs, 23 HRs, and 97 RBIs last year. If he proves that he can handle Triple-A he could get the call sooner rather than later.
Stash these guys on your bench if you can. Otherwise snatch them up when they get the call. In the meantime you can use these guys to keep your roster spot warm.
John Baker, Florida Marlins
He won’t kill your average and has been successful scoring and driving in runs in his brief MLB career. He has a little bit of power.
Rod Barajas, New York Mets
It’s doubtful he can match his 2009 production, but he’s starting for the Mets. He’s OK as a second catcher.
Ryan Doumit, Pittsburgh Pirates
We covered him in the bounceback catchers article (click here to read). Health concerns are his downfall, but they are also the reason you can get him at a discounted rate.
Ramon Hernanez, Cincinnati Reds
Last year didn’t go so well for Ramon with the Reds, but he can hit. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s much better this year.
Chris Iannetta and Miguelo Olivo, Colorado Rockies
They have to share Colorado catcher duties, but both have good power. If one of them goes down, the other’s value will quickly climb.
A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox
There’s nothing flashy about A.J., but he’s a solid source for BA, R, HR, and RBIs.
Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies
It’s easy to overlook Ruiz because of his talented teammates, but he showed a little pop in his bat last year.