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We have less than one week left until pitchers and catchers report to camp. It’s amazing how time just passes you by these days. The catcher position is arguably the hardest position to fill in this game. With such a shallow pool of elite catchers to choose from, it is hard to gauge whether or not it is worth it to reach for one early or just wait on one for later. In your standard league, you have 12 teams drafting. If you want a top-tier catcher, you find yourself reaching for it come draft day.
Without further delay, your 2009 catchers…
Matt Wieters-Baltimore Orioles
It is no secret that I love my rookies. I reached very early in all three of my leagues last season for Cubs’ catcher Geovany Soto and it turned out incredibly well. If I was going to repeat the same feat in ’09, Weiters would be my man. The super prospect has been absolutely murdering the ball in the minors with a .345 avg and 15 HR for Single-A and a .365 avg and 12 HR for the AA Bowie Baysox. He won’t be there opening day, but after a brief time in the minors to start 2009, Wieters will look to join the Orioles and make a huge impact.
Pablo Sandoval-San Francisco Giants
At the end of last season, the Giants knew they were going nowhere and decided to call up numerous young players from their minor league system. Sandoval benefited from his bref stint (41 games) with a .345 avg, 3 HR, and 24 RBI in 145 AB. He played mostly at first base in his time, but he also played enough at catcher to reach eligibility. He’s another low-risk guy you can steal at the end of drafts.
Taylor Teagarden-Texas Rangers
Even though he only played 16 games last season, he produced some decent numbers for owners who were making hot pickups during league championships. During his September stint, T.T. produced a line of .341, 5 HR, and 16 RBI. He has a good chance of winning the starting job out of Spring Training. Even if he doesn’t, can Jarrod Saltalamacchia really hold on to it? Teagarden had more HR than Saltalamacchia last season and he did it in 45 less games.
Next Week: Closers