Options for 2 Catcher Leagues

Options for 2 Catcher Leagues

Maybe the most difficult position to fill in deep fantasy baseball leagues is the catcher position.  Even if you are willing to spend the money there is not much depth at the position so you end up over paying for the catchers that are solid fantasy contributors.  On top of that it is easy to spend $5 on someone who not only doesn’t help but just ends up killing you.  Therefore a common strategy is to spend as little as possible on catchers who won’t hurt you.  I agree to some extent so I always dedicate a farm spot to a catching prospect.  The common mantra I’ve heard from owners in regards to filling the catcher spots is: “cheap with upside.”  So below are the catchers I think are good value with potential upside.

NL Options:

  1. Geovony Soto (CHC) $12 – Most will remember a rough ’09 so he may be cheap and Soto will rebound in ’10.
  2. John Baker (FLA) $7 – He’ll put up above average numbers but you probably won’t get him that cheap.
  3. Ryan Hanigan (CIN) $2 – Solid contributor who won’t hurt you.
  4. J.R. Towles (HOU) $4 – I think he’s worth the gamble because he’ll get the chance to play and he’s having a good Spring but he’s downgraded because he’s riskier than others on this list.
  5. Jesus Flores (WAS) $2 – He’ll be on the DL till May so you should be able to get him cheap and he can hit when healthy.
  6. Omir Santos (NYM) $2 – Not much upside here but he can hit for average.

Below are catching prospects that should be on your radar:

  1. Buster Posey (SFG)
  2. Jason Castro (HOU)
  3. Derek Norris (WAS)
  4. Tony Sanchez (PIT)
  5. Jonathan Lucroy (MLW)
  6. Wilin Rosario (COL)
  7. Robert Stock (STL)

AL Options:

  1. Adam Moore (SEA) $5 – The starting gig is Moore’s  by the All-Star break.
  2. Alex Avila (DET) $4 – He’ll get enough at bats to help in ’10 and the job is his in ’11.
  3. Matt Wieters (BAL) $9 – Downgraded because he won’t be cheap but we all know about the legit bat.
  4. Landon Powell (OAK) $3 – Enough pop to help with a decent on base percentage.
  5. Kelly Shoppach (TB) $5 – Don’t forget about him because he’s behind Dioner Navarro; his pop will play and I bet he gets a decent number of at bats.
  6. Francisco Cervelli (NYY) $2 – He can hit for average and he’ll get plenty of at bats.

Below are catching prospects that should be on your radar:

  1. Carlos Santana (CLE)
  2. Jesus Montero (NYY)
  3. Tyler Flowers (CHW)
  4. J.P. Arabencia (TOR)
  5. Wil Myers (KC)