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Fantasy Baseball 2012: ADP - Catchers


So I was bored and was checking the ADP for Catchers on Mock Draft Central today and just wanted to share my ideas about trends. Personally the last one or two picks in the draft is where i'm taking my catcher anyways but not everyone shares my genius. Especially after reading yesterdays post, H2H Point scoring Differences it is more obvious that it is better to wait for a Catcher than to jump early and sacrifice the position where you could have drafted a position of greater team value. So here are the trends of where some of the top catchers are going. Enjoy

Player Pos Team ADP Earliest Latest Draft %

1 (35) Carlos Santana C,1B CLE 36.92 18 65 100.0%
2 (45) Mike Napoli C,1B TEX 46.57 22 70 100.0%
3 (48) Brian McCann C ATL 50.58 31 148 100.0%
4 (57) Buster Posey C SF 59.78 35 94 100.0%
5 (80) Joe Mauer C MIN 82.06 49 417 100.0%
6 (99) Matt Wieters C BAL 99.68 46 149 100.0%
7 (104) Miguel Montero C ARI 104.18 61 158 100.0%
8 (110) Alex Avila C DET 109.89 58 180 100.0%
9 (180) J.P. Arencibia C TOR 180.30 106 253 100.0%
10 (182) Yadier Molina C STL 181.34 101 -ND- 99.8%
11 (208) Wilson Ramos C WAS 208.55 107 -ND- 96.9%
12 (275) Geovany Soto C CHC 227.85 149 -ND- 88.0%
13 (298) Nick Hundley C SD 230.61 210 -ND- 21.3%
14 (318) Jarrod Saltalamacchia C BOS 233.44 211 -ND- 27.3%
15 (325) Russell Martin C NYY 234.59 140 -ND- 61.0%
16 (336) Ryan Doumit C MIN 237.23 201 -ND- 38.1%
17 (338) Chris Iannetta C ANA 237.56 178 -ND- 36.1%
18 (341) Salvador Perez C KC 238.52 163 -ND- 69.1%
19 (343) Devin Mesoraco C CIN 239.70 173 -ND- 84.2%
20 (344) Jonathan Lucroy C MIL 239.97 182 -ND- 54.6%
21 (345) A.J. Pierzynski C CHW 240.30 198 -ND- 41.1%
22 (346) Miguel Olivo C SEA 240.42 184 -ND- 57.6%
23 (348) Carlos Ruiz C PHI 240.81 215 -ND- 39.2%
24 (351) Ramon Hernandez C COL 241.30 198 -ND- 57.0%
25 (352) Kurt Suzuki C OAK 241.90 181 -ND- 72.9%
26 (354) John Buck C MIA 241.99 211 -ND- 61.3%
27 (391) Rod Barajas C PIT 279.18 270 -ND- 19.6%
28 (424) Chris Snyder C HOU 323.64 313 -ND- 15.8%
29 (431) John Jaso C SEA 327.78 317 -ND- 7.7%
30 (432) Wilin Rosario C COL 328.81 318 -ND- 0.9%

Mike Napoli is going in the Rd 3-4 range, to me that seems like a gamble. Does anyone think that Napoli is going to be able to maintain a .344 BABIP, or a .312 ISO? He is being drafted in the same neighborhood as Hunter Pence, Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz.

The value of the draft seems to start with Weiters and end with Alex Avila, all are nestled into that Rd 8-10 area. This would be a great time to pounce on a cusp top 5 starting catcher if your draft allows you to. They are being drafted around guys like Cameron Maybin, Jason Heyward and Howie Kendrick.

Further down is where I would draft my catcher somewhere in the rd 18-20 range, but if your only in a 12 team league and 10 or so teams have a catcher already let someone else waste another bench spot on a 2nd catcher while you can add depth to either your SP or your RP. The difference between the 12th ranked catcher and the 18th ranked catcher isn't as much as any other position. As long as you have a starting catcher getting 5 starts a week that's all that really interests me.

Hope everyone finds this useful i'll try to do a position a day if everyone likes.

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