2019 MLB Draft Guide: The Value of Catchers
Justin Vreeland takes a look at the catcher position as it relates to fantasy baseball. Are they needed contributors or can you punt the position?
The catching position has long been a thorn in the side of fantasy players. Year in and year out it is the thinnest position in the fantasy world and has a very low number of players that will actually be beneficial to your roster. How do you go about drafting the position? What kind of value do the top catchers provide? What strategy goes into drafting the position? Do your own league settings play a factor into the value of catchers? Let’s dive in!
The difference between the number one-ranked catcher (Gary Sanchez) and the number 12-ranked catcher (Kurt Suzuki) in 2017 was massive. Sanchez hit 14 more home runs, drove in 40 more RBI, had 53 more hits, and scored 41 more runs. Not enough? He even stole two more bases. Okay, using Sanchez might be a little unfair, as he is far and away the top catcher going into 2018. Instead let’s compare the number seven-ranked catcher (Mike Zunino) to Suzuki. Zunino hit six more home runs, drove in 14 more runs, had 14 more...