Here’s a group of Catchers that could Breakout in 2009.

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Matt Wieters - Wieters is Baltimore’s “Can’t Miss” Catching Prospect. He is a switch-hitter that can hit for average and power.  He creamed Minor League pitching last year to the tune of .355, 89 Runs, 27 HRs, 91 RBI, .600 Slugging Percentage, and a 1.054 OPS in 130 games.  His average actually increased from .345 to .365 when he made the jump from Single A to Double A.  He never hit below .355 at Georgia Tech and had 35 HRs in 185 games.  He may start off in Triple A, but he’ll find his way to the Bigs sooner rather than later.

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Chris Iannetta - Colorado’s young Catcher was a model of consistency last year playing an equal number of games before and after the All-Star Break.  His Double and HR totals were also identical.He had nearly the same number of At Bats, Hits, RBI, and OPS.  In 104 games (333 At Bats) he had 18 HRs and 65 RBI.  If he can get his ABs around 400 or so he should be able to hit 22 HRs and drive in 75 Runs.  Not bad for a later round pick. 

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Pablo Sandoval – He’s not likely going to play a lot of games at Catcher, but he has Catcher eligibility, which makes him attractive.  He hit .345 with 24 Runs, 3 HRs, and 24 RBI for the Giants in 41 games (145 ABs).  That project to 95 R, 12 HR, and 95 RBI.  While I don’t expect him to maintain that average or those numbers, I could see him hit around .300 with 75 Runs and 70 RBI.  In 452 Minor League games he hit .303 with 256 Runs and 273 RBI.


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