Fantasy Baseball Draft 2016: Catcher (C) Sleepers
Taking a Look at the Trending Sleepers and Value Picks at Catcher in the 2016 Fantasy Draft
March 22, 2016
Over the past week or two, we’ve been celebrating the return of fantasy baseball with a position-by-position look at some of the sleepers and value picks out there for draft day.
Today it’s time to visit with the catcher spot, and there are a handful of decent backstops out there with the potential to outperform their draft positions. Let’s check the numbers and see which value picks you might be interested in.
J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins: Realmuto was a pretty reliable catcher in 2015, all things considered. He finished the year with 49 runs, 10 homers, 47 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Many outlets--us included--think Realmuto will take another step forward in 2016. He should hit double-digit homers again and will likely eclipse that 50-mark in RBI and runs. You’ll find him outside the top 10 among catchers in the rankings, which is a nice spot to grab him.
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Wellington Castillo, Arizona Diamondbacks: Castillo isn’t a part of that buzz-worthy squad on the North Side anymore, but you shouldn’t forget about him down in Arizona. He’s coming of a 2015 where he hit 19 homers and knocked in 57 RBI.
We think Castillo will flirt with 20 homers once again, and should eclipse 60 RBI along the way. He’s a mid-to-upper-teens catcher prospect and would fit right in most starting lineups.
Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals: Ramos finally got healthy in 2015, and was able to play in 128 games--that was a career-best. He turned that into 41 runs with 68 RBI and 15 homers.
Ramos’ batting average is pretty putrid, but if he can clean that up a little bit there’s lots of value here. He could eclipse 70 RBI with 15-20 homers and 50 RBI. The health is also a question, but it’ll make him a nice value on draft day if he pays off.
Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers: For his draft position, Grandal is one of the more positive-looking pickups out there. He had some injury issues in 2015, which slowed his stat-lines, but he still finished with 16 homers and 47 RBI.
Grandal appears to be healthy coming into the year, and has every bit of potential in breaking out in 2016. We’ll pencil him in for 60 RBI and 20 homers.
Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals: Here’s where things get a little sketchy on the injury front. Molina used to be an elite catcher, but stats decline and injury have him ranked near No. 20 or so in most drafts.
The real prize here with Molina will be his BA--assuming he can stay healthy, that is. If that happens, 60 RBI with 40 runs and 5-10 homers isn’t crazy thinking.
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