Where does Wilin Rosario rank among catchers?
A .270 batting average and 28 home runs - in 396 at-bats - from a player whom fantasy owners can slot into one of their two C spots is practically gold. But he'll be just 24 years old in February, and he wouldn't be the first - or 50th, or 500th - youngster to have an astounding first full campaign and follow it up with a real dud of a year.
With the way the backstop's home environs aid offense, his contributions won't go quietly. The raw power he generates from his squat (5-foot-11, 215-pound) frame plays anywhere. But regression is essentially a given because 2012 was Rosario's best year as a pro. He'd never hit that many round-trippers (although he was on pace in 2010) in a season. His contact rate in the majors continues to hover around 70 percent.
Early indications are that the demand for Rosario, at least in single-year leagues, won't require payment for all of his 2012 line. That's a good thing, because if roto managers haven't learned by now, baseball players are highly volatile commodities. Inexperience and problems with plate discipline usually worsen the condition. If Rosario tickles your pickle, take that shot as long as there's no great risk, but remember that there are a number of very good alternatives for No. 1 catchers in mixed leagues.
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About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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