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Baltimore Orioles 2012: In Buck We Trust

Heading into the 2012 season there are very few reasons to be excited if you’re an Orioles fan. But to be clear, there are still things to be excited about. 


The power supply is certainly in this line-up, even if it’s a tad inconsistent (especially to compete in the AL East). But with Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, and Adam Jones  there is certainly some consistency in the top of this order. 

The problem lies in Mark Reynolds (.221), Chris Davis, (.255), and Matt Weiters (.261) driving in those ducks on the pond. 

Even with Reynolds’ 37 home runs, he was one of the least efficient sluggers in baseball (just 86 RBIs), and he continued his streak of leading the league in strikeouts with 196 (only 75 BB). This lineup will have trouble finding consistency if someone can’t become the RBI machine in the 4 spot that they need (Baltimore turns its lonely eyes to you Mr. Wieters). 

Now onto the bad news. (Wow… That was the good news?



This rotation may be one of the worst in the majors on paper. With Brian Matusz coming off of a dismal year (1-9 with an ERA of 10.69), there does not seem to be anyone ready to pick up the slack. 

Tsuyoshi Wada brings some fresh blood, but the 5’11″ 170lb lefty is 31, and with a career in the Nippon league that was at best, pretty good. I wouldn’t expect him to have a ceiling higher than 10 wins and a 4.75 ERA.

The rest of the rotation consists of youthful arms with upside with no real track record. The most intriguing is former Ranger, Tommy Hunter, who is one year removed from posting 13 wins and a 3.73 ERA. Hunter has the build of an innings eater at 6’3″ 280lbs. With some polishing, he could be the cement this rotation needs.



There isn’t a lot to look at in this department, but the few proven arms hanging around the bullpen this season all seem to have something to prove. 

Kevin Gregg is back as the de facto closer. With some success in this role, it’s his job to lose.

As far as who’ll be gunning for Gregg’s job it’ll be between perennial set-up men; lefty Darren O’Day and righty Matt Lindstrom. With Darren O’Day healthy (6-20.88 WHIP in ’10) and Matt Lindstrom a career WHIP machine (1.44) O’Day will be first in line to snatch any save opportunities not slotted for Gregg 



The Buck Truck had some bright spots last year, even if it was as a spoiler rather than a contender. Buck Showalter will have himself a slightly more confident group to mold in 2012. 

However, they are in a division with Boston, New York, and Tampa Bay, even Toronto has made strides of late (something Baltimore has only done in the uniform department. They are sweet unis though).

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Baltimore Orioles: No Manny Being Manny? No Problem!

Former professional hitter Manny Ramirez is trying to make a comeback after abruptly retiring a few games into the 2011 season due to a second positive PED test and subsequent suspension.

Originally, it was thought that the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays were the final three in on Manny. O’s GM Dan Duquette would never commit one way or another when asked by reporters, saying things like “Manny is an interesting player,” or “we’re looking to at opportunities to add more bats” or other statements of the like.

However, yesterday Duquette finally quieted those rumors with these remarks to Baltimore reporters yesterday, courtesy of Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports:

“I don’t think there’s going to be a fit for Manny,” Duquette said. “We’ve looked at that all winter and I’m not sure there’s a fit there for the Orioles. I wish Manny a lot of luck, but I just don’t think he fits in our ballclub right now.”

To O’s fans, this is some of the best news, perhaps the best news, they have heard all season. An overwhelming majority of Birds fans were opposed to a one-year marriage of Manny and their beloved team, and for good reason. Manny’s a clubhouse cancer, and who knows if he can even swing the bat anymore.

The Orioles’ roster is full of young players. Having Manny around all those young players didn’t seem like the best idea, as his negative attitude could have poorly influenced the clubhouse. That’s the last thing the young minds need in Baltimore while they’re trying to improve their game and reach the lofty expectations thrust upon them.

Plus, due to his positive PED test in 2011, Manny would have to sit out the first 50 games of the season. With the loss of those 50 games in addition to the fact that Manny would probably need to ride the bench every so often to rest up, the team that signs him is looking at roughly 100 to 105 games of service from him during the 2012 season, if they’re lucky. Of course, that would be assuming he doesn’t get injured.

Looking at the situation, it certainly doesn’t seem like a good idea for the O’s. Manager Buck Showalter would love to leave the DH spot relatively open for him to rotate his players through in order to play the best defensive alignment each game and rest who needs to be rested (such as the ability to keep catcher Matt Wieters’ bat in the lineup while giving him a break from the catching gear), and with Manny on the team, he couldn’t do that if he wanted Manny in the lineup.

Any team that signs Manny is essentially signing him to be a full-time DH, since he was never effective in the field during his career to begin with and would only be worse now due to his age.

Essentially, this is a good move by the Orioles simply by not making a move. The O’s don’t need Manny, and I would almost bet that they’ll get better production out of the DH spot this season by rotating the likes of Wieters, utility man Wilson Betemit, left fielder Nolan Reimold, etc. through it than they would having Manny there full-time.

I’m just happy that I won’t be entertained by Ramirez’s “Manny being Manny” antics this season with him in the orange and black.

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Top 15 Fantasy Baseball Catchers For 2011 By Tiers

Tier 1 – Joe Mauer
Mauer stands alone as the best catcher available on draft day.  While his 2009 power surge was clearly more smoke and mirrors than anything else (28 HR in ’09 compared to a career high of 13 in ’06 and no other season of more than 9), he brings more than enough to the table to excite owners.  He is one of the few catchers who brings run potential to the table.  In fact, in the past four years he has scored 342 runs.  Second place among catchers is Russell Martin with 282 (and third place is Victor Martinez with 260).  Throw in a perennial .325+ average and 85+ RBI potential and it is clear that there is no one else in his class.

Tier 2 – Victor Martinez, Brian McCann
These guys have both proven what they are capable of doing and are among the better hitters in the game, but they still remain a cut below the top gun.  They bring a little bit more power to the table, but may not have the upside in the other categories. 

Martinez, however, is going to be an interesting player to watch while working as a DH in Detroit.  Those extra at bats will certainly help to offset any decrease his production may take from moving away from Fenway.  Throw in joining Miguel Cabrera in the lineup and he certainly has the potential to put up some big numbers in 2011.

Tier 3 – Buster Posey, Carlos Santana
I know people want to believe that Posey belongs in Tier 2 (or maybe even Tier 1), but there are some huge risks involved in taking him early on in your draft.  I’m going to post an article on him later on this week (so check back for that), but an increased strikeout rate along with his struggles at home could help him to regress a bit in his sophomore campaign. 

Santana, meanwhile, is trying to come back from a serious knee injury.  While I’ve dubbed him the next Victor Martinez, he’s not there yet, which is why I would put him in this tier.  Both of these players have the chance to be among the elite, but they need to back it up on the field in 2011.

Tier 4 – Miguel Montero, Kurt Suzuki, Matt Wieters, Geovany Soto
This is probably the tier that most people are aiming to dip their toes into.  All of these players have significant upside and come at a far greater value than the first three tiers (outside of maybe Carlos Santana who is actually being drafted after half of this tier according to Mock Draft Central). 

Soto rebounded nicely from a tough 2009 (.280, 17 HR in 322 AB) and hopefully will get significantly more playing time in 2011. 

Wieters has not yet lived up to the hype, but with a significant upgrade in talent around him there certainly is the hope that he takes the next step forward.  Montero has proven that, when healthy, he is a very good catching talent. 

Suzuki, meanwhile, is similar to Wieters where he has a ton of talent but now he needs to put it together on the field. 

These guys are all available between rounds nine and 16, where they bring great value compared to the top three tiers.

Tier 5 – Mike Napoli, Jorge Posada, Chris Iannetta
The next grouping has power potential across the board, but red flags abound. 

Napoli finds himself in a good situation, but he is going to be shifted around the diamond in Texas and could continue to struggle to find AB.  He’s going to catch some, as well as share time at 1B and DH with Michael Young and Mitch Moreland.  Of course, he also could struggle in the average department. 

Posada, at his age, is always a risk to suffer an injury.  While DH’ing should help, you just never know. 

Iannetta has a ton of upside potential, but will this finally be the year that the Rockies actually show patience and stick with him?

Tier 6 – J.P. Arencibia, Yadier Molina, Miguel Olivo
From a fantasy perspective there is a big falloff in talent at this point in the rankings.  Arencibia certainly has a ton of potential, given his Triple-A numbers from 2010, and is a great selection especially in two-catcher formats.

What are your thoughts on the tiers?  How would you group them?  Is there anyone that you think doesn’t belong in the group that I’ve placed them?

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Baseball’s Next Big Thing: How Our Obsession With Perfection Has Scarred a Sport

It happens every year.

Minor league players, sometimes as young as 18, are hyped up to be the “next big thing” in baseball. 

As fans and fantasy baseball participants, we either watch these young talents blow up and become stars or unfortunately bear witness to them being thrown into the fire.

Being “Baseball’s No. 1 Prospect” really doesn’t mean as much as it should.  Players who have worn that title have succeeded and failed in the eyes of the big leagues.  We rarely and truly never know how a young talent will fare when called up. 

Can a power hitting catcher from Double-A protect the plate enough to hit Roy Halladay?

How will a young kid from the Midwest handle the big spotlight of a championship-hungry city?

At times it’s disheartening to see players be built up so much, just to fall harder.  Why do we as a society of fans and baseball fanatics, feed on the careers of young-blooded baseball “phenoms”?

Do we really understand how hard it is to travel, leave family, keep in touch with friends, and to forget all of those hardships to step up to the plate at Yankee Stadium?

We don’t, but we still have the nerve to complain when our 13th round draft pick doesn’t hit over .260. 

Regardless of the social and ethical borders we’ve crossed as onlookers of a beautiful sport like baseball, we still have a chance to not only realize how special young talent is, but to remember those once-heralded prospects for the sake of baseball.

With that said, the following players have been “lost at sea.”  2011 could prove the year that some, maybe even all of these players, blow up their life jackets and float their careers to safety.


Matt Wieters, Catcher, Baltimore Orioles

Wieters has had a career that’s hard to swallow.  And because of that, he’s become the distinct example of major league scarring.

Formally “Baseball America’s No. 1 Prospect” as of 2009, he’s been unable to carry his career minor league average of .333 into the big leagues.

Drafted in fantasy leagues among some of the best catchers in the game in 2009, even before he was called up to the majors, Wieters was projected to be a savior of many faces.

He was the future of great hitting catchers.  The future of the struggling Baltimore Orioles franchise and the future fantasy owner’s best friend.

Where did it all go wrong?

In 2009, through 354 at-bats, he hit a very respectable .288 average.  However, after hitting only nine home runs, the lack of power instantly rubbed fantasy owners the wrong way.  Was he a rookie bust?  That’s arguable, but that was just the beginning.

Last year, after Wieters was still being drafted among the best catchers in the game, his production absolutely plummeted.  Batting a unworldly .249 with 11 home runs, he was instantly tossed overboard and cast out to sea.

Still floating, Wieters will have a chance to rebound from last year and reshape his career as a MLB player and personality. 

Currently under the radar, the 24-year old catcher will be able to sit back and take this season in stride.  No “saviors” being thrown his way.  No “Baseball America’s No. 1 Prospect” being thrown his way.  Just the ball.

If Matt Wieters can rebound this year and become a legitimate hitting catcher for seasons to come, he will become a prime example as to why rushing baseball talents from the minors up to the majors, could ruin expectations as well as early careers.


Alex Gordon, 3B, Kansas City Royals

Once projected to be the next David Wright, Gordon is now being considered the Ryan Leaf of baseball.

Where have the years gone?

Gordon stepped into the spotlight that is the mess of Kansas City back in 2007.  The former first-round pick has been unable to swim to safety, let alone keep his head above water. 

Once thought of as a perennial 30-home run hitter, Gordon has only 45 homers through four seasons and 1,442 at-bats.

Now in 2011, Gordon is fighting to not only start at third for the Royals, but he’s fighting from being demoted back down to the minors.

Gordon turns 27 today.  Since 27 is the “prime time” for hitters to produce at their highest potential, this could be the last chance for Gordon to save his career.  If not, he could go down as one of the biggest busts ever in baseball.

Does this come as a surprise?  It might, but considering Gordon was hyped to the brim, as well as being counted on to rescue one of the worst franchises in the MLB over the past 15 years, he might of never had a fair chance to build a career in baseball.

Gordon’s life jacket has slowly been leaking, and the 2011 MLB season could be the patch he’s been looking for.


Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

Heading into 2011, Gomez will be playing for his third team in a four-year career.

Once thought of as the next big speedster to grace the majors, Gomez has been unable to hit enough to keep a starting job.  2008 was the only year that Gomez has recorded over 320 at-bats.

Remember, this is a guy who supposedly beat Jose Reyes in foot races on the regular at practices.  His game is speed, his talent is speed, his paychecks are dependent on his speed, and he’s been unable to utilize it.

In 445 career games, the 25-year old has only swiped 77 bases.  Quite a lower number for Gomez, who stole 65 bases between two minor league seasons from 2005-2006.

Still fairly young, Gomez still has a chance to rebound and right the ship.  However, considering that his legs are his sole and sometimes only attribute, the longer he waits to explode, his chances to do so become nonexistent. 

What can we expect from Gomez this year?

Nobody really knows.  Gomez could turn his career around and finally hit for the average that will allow him to steal 50 bases. 

On the other hand, he could continue to be trade bait, vanishing into the pool of MLB players and lose his speed as age starts kicking in.  Let’s hope not.


Honorable Mention: Mark Prior, SP, New York Yankees

Prior needed to be mentioned.  He’s a product of an unlawful and unethical sabotage of a great pitcher’s arm.

After being ran into the ground by manager Dusty Baker from 2002-2003, Prior, who was 22 at the time, pitched over 320 innings in 49 starts.  Four of those starts were complete games.

While letting a young and talented pitcher get his feet wet doesn’t qualify as a crime, Baker’s over usage of Prior has been highly documented and continuously debated. 

Prior’s short, yet impressive career, has been a building block that has been used by team’s to structure plans for their young pitchers.  Think Joba Chamberlain and Clayton Kershaw.

It’s been four years now since Prior has recorded one out in the majors, and there is no reason to believe that will change.

Every year, Prior tries to rehabilitate and resurface as a pitcher to be signed.  Usually a team will sign him in the miraculous hopes that he’ll be deemed healthy and be able to pitch even an inning in the majors. 

That’s how good of a pitcher he was.  And was is the key word.

Signed by the New York Yankees this off-season, Prior will have yet another opportunity to make a comeback at the age of 30.

If there was ever a team for Prior to get healthy for and display his talents in a major league stadium, it’s the New York Yankees.  The situation seems perfect.

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MLB Power Rankings: Baltimore Orioles Add Vladimir Guerrero,Now Third in AL East

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one year, $8 million deal with Vladimir Guerrero. Add him to fellow 2011 offseason acquisitions Derrek Lee, Mark Reynolds, Justin Duchscherer and JJ Hardy and suddenly, this team looks like it can compete right now.

They will need Brian Matusz to mature a great deal, and it still doesn’t look like they will be close to the Yankees and Red Sox, but to put it in perspective, they could finish with a better record than anyone in the AL West.

Matt Wieters and Adam Jones are a year older and closer to fulfilling their massive potential. Let’s run down their impressive lineup.

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Baltimore Orioles 2011 Preview: How Good Can They Be?

Since the hiring of manager Buck Showalter in late July, the Orioles had an incredible end to the season. Finishing at 34-23 under Showalter, the Orioles had a better last two months than the Yankees, who finished a mediocre 29-30 in the same time frame.

Showalter made an immediate impact for a team that was thought to be lost. Can last year’s late success translate into a possible postseason run in 2011? 

The O’s made a splash early this offseason by acquiring Mark Reynolds for next to nothing. They also signed Derrek Lee to a no-risk one-year deal. The Orioles front office has taken advantage of a hitters ballpark this offseason. They now have a very deep lineup, adding Reynolds and Lee to what they already had with Adam Jones, Luke Scott and Nick Markakis.

Orioles Projected Lineup

1. Brian Roberts 2B
2. Adam Jones CF
3. Derrek Lee 1B
4. Mark Reynolds 3B
5. Nick Markakis RF
6. Luke Scott DH
7. Matt Wieters C
8. J.J. Hardy SS
9. Felix Pie LF

If you look at this lineup, one through seven it is arguably the best in the division. If it is not the best it is definitely the deepest, compared to the Yankees, Rays and Blue Jays. The only team that is comparable the Red Sox.

In my opinion, Baltimore has about seven solid hitters compared to about five or six on the Sox. The Orioles lineup is definitely deeper; however, the Red Sox have two legitimate stars in Crawford and Gonzo, while the O’s have two good hitters and no real stars.

While the Orioles have one of the better lineups in the league, their pitching rotation is among the worst in the league. When you see Jeremy Guthrie listed as the ace of the rotation, you should be concerned. They do have some young arms that have potential, but they are not ready to make a positive impact this season.

Orioles Projected Rotation

1. Jeremy Guthrie
2. Brian Matusz
3. Jake Arrieta
4. Justin Duchscherer
5. Chris Tillman

The Orioles have four very good pitchers in the bullpen, three with closing experience. Mike Gonzalez was the closer to start last season, but saw limited action after going down to an injury. Gonzalez, along with Jim Johnson, will likely set up for recently acquired closer Kevin Gregg. Alfredo Simon was 17 of 21 in saves last year replacing Gonzalez. If Kevin Gregg is unable to close, look for Simon to be replacement.

Right now the Orioles look like a fourth place team, unless the Blue Jays go cold. But right now the Rays don’t have enough talent to pass the O’s. Don’t expect anything better from them this year, but if Derrek Lee works out and the pitching develops the Orioles have real potential for years to come. 

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MLB Power Rankings: 15 Hidden Gems of the 2011 Fantasy Draft

As good as he is, Evan Longoria is not single-handedly winning your fantasy baseball league for you. Why? Because most of the owners in your leagues are getting fairly off-setting numbers out of their first round picks.

However, the players discussed here could win you that championship, because while everyone is getting minimal value from their late-round picks, you could be getting early-round numbers.

This doesn’t mean you should reach for them in the rounds where their value might end up, but you should target them late, and enjoy the results. (All projected draft rounds are in a 12-team standard snake draft)

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Fantasy Baseball 2011 Projection: Can Matt Wieters Finally Live Up To the Hype?

Matt Wieters was supposed to be the next hot prospect. He was supposed explode onto the scene in 2009 and follow it up with an amazing 2010 campaign. 

Fantasy owners reached for him heading into the 2010 season to make sure they didn’t miss the boat based on what everyone was saying.

Unfortunately, his performance far from lived up to the hype:

446 At Bats
.249 Batting Average (111 Hits)
11 Home Runs
55 RBI
37 Runs
0 Stolen Bases
.319 On Base Percentage
.377 Slugging Percentage
.287 Batting Average on Balls in Play

Those numbers just scream special, don’t they?

In all fairness, there was a lot to be excited for from the 2007 first-round draft pick. He hit .343 in his minor league career with 32 HR and 121 RBI in 578 AB spending time in Single, Double and Triple-A. 

Now, the question that faces fantasy owners is if we should expect him to rediscover his stroke now that he has a year and a half of Major League experience under his belt.

Of course, what a lot of people ignored was his minor league BABIP marks. At all three levels they were extremely inflated:

  • Single-A: .374
  • Double-A: .376
  • Triple-A: .352

Could he improve upon his ’10 mark? Yes, there certainly is room, but it’s not an unreasonable number.

Neither was his 21.1 percent strikeout rate, considering he was at 21.3 percent at Triple-A (as well as 20.5 percent at Single-A). That means, if he wants to significantly improve his average it is likely going to come from an increase in power.

Is that something that can be expected? In order to help us, let’s take a look at his HR/AB ratio at each level:

  • Single-A: HR every 15.3 AB
  • Double-A: HR every 17.3 AB
  • Triple-A: HR every 28.2 AB
  • Major Leagues: HR every 40.0 AB

He certainly puts more than enough balls in the air to sustain more power (his career fly ball rate is 38.9 percent).

With HR/FB marks of 8.4 percent and 8.0 percent, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him improve on that mark at 24 years-old (he’ll turn 25 in May).

For comparison purposes, here are two players with similar FB percent:

  • Chase Utley – 39.0 percent FB percent — 11.2 percent HR/FB – 16 HR (425 AB)
  • Matt Kemp – 39.3 percent FB percent — 16.2 percent HR/FB – 28 HR (602 AB)

Obviously we wouldn’t expect any catcher to reach 602 AB, but Utley’s mark could be a realistic level, now that he has his feet wet and plenty of experience. That would also put him at a HR/AB rate similar to what he showed at Triple-A.

That improvement alone, along with a little more luck, would make Wieters a significantly more attractive option. Throw in an improved lineup around him, giving him more opportunities for RBI and runs, and there is reason to be optimistic.

When all is said and done we get the following projection for 2011:

.270 (135-500), 19 HR, 75 RBI, 60 R, 1 SB, .313 BABIP, .344 OBP, .438 SLG

Those are solid numbers, but, of course, I wouldn’t recommend going as crazy as we did last season. However, I wouldn’t shy away from him either.

Catcher is not a deep position and Wieters was hyped for a reason. He should settle in and be a viable option in all formats.

What are your thoughts of Wieters? Can he rebound from ’10? Will he ever reach the expectations people had for him?

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MLB Power Rankings: Madison Bumgarner and 25 Breakout Stars in 2011

Each season, players seemingly come out of nowhere and become catalysts for their team. Whether it is a high-profile rookie, a second-year player, or simply someone who finally got their chance, new stars pop up each and every season.

What follows is a list of the 25 players most likely to breakout in 2011. There are a number of top prospects on the list, as well as some former top prospects who have still not lived up to their high billing.

So as the offseason wheelings and dealings begin to unfold, here are the 25 guys who will make their teams better with a breakout season in 2011.

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 15 Catchers For 2011

It’s never too early to start looking towards Draft Day 2011, is it? 

Let’s kick off our offseason rankings taking a look at my Top 15 catchers for 2011.

Keep in mind that these will be updated throughout the offseason, depending on player movement and finalizing my projections:

  1. Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
  2. Victor Martinez – Boston Red Sox
  3. Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
  4. Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians
  5. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
  6. Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks
  7. Kurt Suzuki – Oakland Athletics
  8. Geovany Soto – Chicago Cubs
  9. Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
  10. Mike Napoli – Los Angeles Angels
  11. Jorge Posada – New York Yankees
  12. Miguel Olivo – Colorado Rockies
  13. Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
  14. J.P. Arencibia – Toronto Blue Jays
  15. John Buck – Toronto Blue Jays


  • After the Top 11 catchers, you can almost start picking names out of a hat to fill out the rankings. At this point, I’m going with these names, but they will likely move around as things progress during the offseason.
  • John Buck is at the bottom of this list, but he really scares me for 2011.  I can’t see his average continuing (he hit .281 thanks to a .335 BABIP).  Where he lands in free agency will ultimately determine his value. He can hit for power, however, which gives him an edge over players like John Jaso.
  • J.P. Arencibia debuted with a bang, then fell off and ultimately didn’t get much playing time down the stretch. Still, with a Blue Jays team that has other holes to fill, it makes sense for them to turn the keys to Arencibia. After hitting .301 with 32 HR and 85 RBI at Triple-A, they certainly have no reason not to.
  • Kurt Suzuki was disappointing in 2010, hitting .242 with 13 HR and 71 RBI. That certainly wasn’t the breakout anyone had been expecting, was it? He also suffered from a .245 BABIP, however, and with more support in the middle of the lineup, the production in general should increase. At 27 years old, he certainly has the potential to put together a significantly better season. We’ll be getting into more detail on him in the near future.
  • Another catcher who disappointed was Matt Wieters; the next big catcher hit just .249 with 11 HR and 55 RBI on the year. This just goes to show you that there is no such thing as a sure thing, though I certainly have hope that he will be able to put things together and be a usable option in all formats. He showed enough power in the minor leagues (27 HR in ‘08 between Single and Double-A), to think that he could take a step forward from his 8.0% HR/FB in ‘10.
  • This year’s two hot catchers, Carlos Santana and Buster Posey, are not quite in the same boat as Wieters was in ‘10, because they both showed that they could excel at the Major League level. They are both among the best options at the position and should reward owners in all formats.

What are your thoughts on these rankings? Who’s too high? Who’s too low?

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