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Fantasy baseball player profiles: NL - Catchers

Fantasy baseball player profiles: NL - Catchers

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1 Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves
2 Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
3 Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs
4 Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
5 Russell Martin, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
6 Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals
7 Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies
8 Bengie Molina, C, San Francisco Giants
9 John Baker, C, Florida Marlins
10 Rod Barajas, C, New York Mets
11 Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
12 Miguel Olivo, C, Colorado Rockies
13 Ramon Hernandez, C, Cincinnati Reds
14 Jesus Flores, C, Washington Nationals
15 Ivan Rodriguez, C, Washington Nationals
16 Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
17 Gregg Zaun, C, Milwaukee Brewers
18 Nick Hundley, C, San Diego Padres
19 Yorvit Torrealba, C, San Diego Padres

Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4705612329771.262.336.481.817

Brian McCann has made inconsistent yet definite strides in batting average skills. Tack on assumed end to potential problem with blurred vision after second Lasik procedure. Rates of homers and flyballs have been on ever-so-slight slide, though. Age says this tradeoff shouldn't be concern, but know you're paying for that slight possibility.


Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
25027637310.252.317.404.721

Despite a slight drop, Ryan Doumit maintained overall improvement in contact rate. Knocked his flyball and batting eye ratios up, too, in injury-shortened playing time. That's the issue; he has had trouble staying on the field. The investment in relation to other catchers doesn't call for much to lose this season; he's someone you can target in the middle positional tier as a profit opportunity.


Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
204264910281.240.325.441.766

Part of Geovany Soto's sophomore slump came from luck; part of it was an oblique strain. His batting eye improved from his first MLB campaign, though, and he shed 40 pounds this offseason. This low-end No. 1 mixed catcher can net you ample dingers for a relatively low cost, but his batting eye is shaky enough to be wary of a significant clip rebound.


Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4665412514740.268.354.410.764

Isolated power has climbed as Miguel Montero has approached typical peak power years. In his first year with regular playing time, he responded with a stellar second half. A decreasing flyball rate is from a small sample and partly mitigated by increasing HR/FB. We always knew he could hit, but don't get sucked in by the expectation of a duplicated leap.


Russell Martin, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
421489117576.216.315.382.697

Downward slide from Russell Martin's 2008 continued in 2009, especially regarding HR/FB. Canadian added weight to restore power and is seeking consistent approach. Strong plate skills suggest BA rebound - that could stifle SB decline, too. View last year as his floor. Reaching 2007 heights won't happen but hitting 2008 marks isn't unrealistic. A groin strain will cost him Opening Day and maybe a little longer, but it doesn't add much risk to his middle-rounds value. He's not as attractive as some others in his tier, but there's enough upside to take him if a run starts.


Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4766114314714.300.348.464.812

Defensive whiz has improved Yadier Molina's batting eye in each of the last three years. Doesn't appear to attempt home runs much anymore - helping keep his average up. Molina won't hurt you, but he probably won't help you outside of batting average for the position. He will aid you in finding safe backstop at-bats late in your draft.


Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
293377011372.239.365.396.761

Chris Iannetta could hit close to 20 dingers, but he'll have to contend with Miguel Olivo for PT. His average should return to previous levels (around .250) if he receives some BABIP justice; a flyball jump for an up-and-coming Coors Field dweller shouldn't be ignored. Even with his reps threatened, Iannetta should be a solid profit opportunity if you wait for a midrange starting mixed catcher.


Bengie Molina, C, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Increasing flyball and homer rates make Bengie Molina a worthy midrange grab; tanking contact, line-drive and batting eye rates make him risky in just about every other category. Has this offense really improved that much? Buster Posey lurks; Molina might suit up less often. He'll pass for his pop, but beware pitfalls elsewhere.


John Baker, C, Florida Marlins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
128930191.234.310.289.599

Platoon split worsened, but John Baker's batting eye improved as season wore on. Solid contact, slowly growing flyball percentage. Sound as low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2 NL backstop - perfect pick for those who don't reach for upside and settle for adequacy.


Rod Barajas, C, New York Mets
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Rod Barajas won't help you anywhere outside of his 20-homer pop, which is kept afloat by ample flyballs. He's a No. 2 mixed catcher that could pass as a low-end No. 1 in NL leagues; at least he offers a track record in one category.
Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
3764610410562.277.339.426.765

Carlos Ruiz has made dramatic improvement for two straight seasons, particularly in walk-to-strikeout ratio. Maturation is encouraging for potential breakout, but two straight slow starts temper expectations. Increasing flyball rate and home run-per-flyball rate say if it comes, it could be considerable.


Miguel Olivo, C, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Miguel Olivo's HR/FB skyrocketed to an abnormal level. It's tough to see him keeping up that pace, even if his home park is Coors Field; he'll be on the short end of playing time. His power won't disappear completely, but he doesn't know how to draw a walk and has trouble making contact. He could probably pass as a starter in NL leagues but is best suited as a No. 2 everywhere.


Ramon Hernandez, C, Cincinnati Reds
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

You want a 33-year-old catcher coming off knee surgery? Ramon Hernandez still makes contact at a solid clip, but his power is dissipating, although the gimpy knee may have had something to do with that. His ceiling is limited, but he could still hit about .250 with double-digit homers for a minor investment.


Jesus Flores, C, Washington Nationals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Jesus Flores showed offensive sparks last year before DL stint and shoulder surgery. Elbow surgery throws wrench into recovery. Flyball and HR/FB rates swelled, giving him speculative value in deep leagues. Keep tabs on health.


Ivan Rodriguez, C, Washington Nationals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Nats want Ivan Rodriguez as mentor, but he should receive significant time, especially if Jesus Flores remains sidelined. Batting eye remains terrible despite better two-year developments. Hits ample flyballs, but it won't help him at Nationals Park. He's best left as a desperation No. 2 mixed catcher.


Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5086615421892.303.381.492.873

How much big-league time will Buster Posey see? Was fatigued last year, and kid-glove treatment looms. Positives: Farm jumps were seamless, and focus on contact and solid batting eye mean clip might be first positive contribution. He's a No. 2 roto catcher everywhere, but a cautious bid makes him a gains opportunity.


Gregg Zaun, C, Milwaukee Brewers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Gregg Zaun will eat innings while waiting for Milwaukee prospects to develop. Vet's value here will come in two-catcher NL leagues, where he could approach double-digit homers if he logs 400 or so at-bats. He'll be a batting average bane.


Nick Hundley, C, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
33928779391.227.282.369.651

Line-drive and walk growth helped him, but still has long way to go in terms of BA. Power is Nick Hundley's safest trait. Veteran Yorvit Torrealba could steal ample time. NL-only ... only.


Yorvit Torrealba, C, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Backup who employs stretches of utility. Batting eye bounced back, but line-drive and BABIP explosions certain to come back down, which probably means more power. Rent Yorvit Torrealba during the season if needed.