Top 10 Catchers Under 30

What a better way to shake off that Winter chill than by turning your attention back to Fantasy Baseball? That’s why I am going to jump right into my Top 10 Under 30 Series. As a side note I am not an ageist and I will draft players over 30 if the value is right. These lists are simply to rank players that are in the prime years of their Baseball careers. Catchers seem to wear down a lot quicker as they reach 30-32. This is a position that it is not too wise (unless you are in a 2 catcher league) to spend a high amount of your budget due to the amount of games they miss due to injury or rest.

  1. Buster Posey – #1 on every Catching list it seems for the last 10 years. Buster is now 29 so by rule this will be the last time he appears on my list.  That being said Buster has put up awesome numbers every year and there is no reason to believe that will stop this season. My projections for 2017 are:.306/76/18/88/3
  2. Gary Sanchez – With Jonathon Lucroy turning 30 Sanchez gets to move up to #2. Here is a case of a guy who caught fire last year and put up video game numbers. I hear he is working hard to be ready for the upcoming season but it is still going to be a fools gamble to think these numbers will continue. He does tend to slump a bit at the start of the season so don’t be surprised if he does not hit 3 HR’s on opening day. Draft or buy Sanchez but please lower your expectations to a more believable stat line. My projections for 2017 are: .286/52/27/81/3
  3. J.T. Realmuto – J.T. has propelled himself from being relatively unknown to being on every fantasy baseball owners radar. If he was a First Baseman that plays every day he would be a guy that has 200 hits every year. He was a doubles machine last season with 33. My Projections for 2017 are:.285/65/16/57/10
  4. Willson Contreras – It looks like Joe Maddon thinks enough of this kid to make him the official starting catcher leaving Montero as a back up. Contreras came up from the minors and started to crush pitches much like Gary Sanchez. He did cool off down the stretch as you would imagine most catchers do towards the end of the season. Willson is the real deal and you know being a Cub will add in some nice counting stats. My projections for 2017 are:.271/68/21/63/3
  5. Wilson Ramos – After the lasik surgery he had to help correct his vision Ramos looked like a different hitter. It seemed as if he was making hard contact every time he came to the plate. As he was set to cash in somewhere via his impending free agency, Ramos tore up the ACL in his Knee. The Tampa Bay Rays Seeing value in Ramos jumped at a chance to sign him. Now Wilson may miss the first 1, 2 or 3 months of the season depending who you believe. He is a great hitter who can come back early as a DH but please factor in that you will need another catcher until his return. My projections for 2017 are:.262/33/12/50/0
  6. Yasmani Grandal – Here is a guy who is well suited for points leagues.Low Average but gets on base with a great eye at the plate high BB totals along with a nice amount of power in his bat works for me. He does tend to get hit with the injury bug here and there. My projections for 2017 are:.242/46/19/56/1
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – The talent is there and the playing time is there. We have been looking for “The breakout” for a few years now. He was looking really good a few times and then injuries have slowed down the progress train. Wouldn’t it be funny if this guy has left a bad taste in peoples mouths and you can get him at a crazy good price? This may very well be the breakout season. Always bet on guys with upside. My projections for 2017 are:.268/56/18/59/1                                                                        
  8. Tom Murphy – Murphy has the shown his ability to hit as he showed in his brief call up in September. He put a lot of deep fly balls in the Denver air as he showed in swatting 5 home runs in his 49 plate appearances last September. I f he can get the job and keep the K rate down a little then you’ve got a great buy low candidate. For now though to play it safe lets assume he gets a platoon role.. My projections for 2017 are .259/23/9/27/2
  9. Wellington Castillo – A very streaky power hitter goes to a team that plays half its games in a hitters paradise in Baltimore. The Diamond Backs walked away from Castillo as his team controllable years were gone and they had an emerging Chris Herrmann (who will most likely be on this list next year). Castillo doesn’t give you 5 category production but he does provide Power, RBI’s and in that Oriole lineup runs. He may as others have done start slow as he tries to get familiar playing in a different league. He can carry your team for a few weeks when he gets locked in. My projections for 2017 are:.251/46/18/54/1.
  10. Sandy Leon – Who are you Sandy Leon? Where did you come from? Sandy toiled away in the Nationals system and then was shuttled back and fourth from AAA and back again. I’m sure the Red Sox noticed that he averages as many walks as he does strikeouts. not a bad guy to have. There will be a noticeable regression in his batting average based on his past seasons. There may be a person or two in your league that wants him. Let him go. You will barely remember his name in a few years. My 2017 projections are:.243/33/5/32/1.

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