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  1. “Only about two months before pitchers and catchers report”

    YESSS!!!!!!

    Comment by Luke — December 12, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

  2. If Montero was C eligible where do you think he would fall?

    Comment by YANKEE MANIA — December 12, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

  3. Carlos santana in the second round? Yikes. He reminds me a lot of Soto, who had a great first year and has been decent/not awesome since. It’s just the curse of catchers.

    I’d rather take a cheap Soto and have a second rounder like Matt Holliday or something. Maybe even longo after a low babip season might hang around that long.

    Comment by JoeIQ — December 12, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  4. One of the lessons I learned playing in a serious two catcher league for the first time last year was that perhaps I was undervaluing the position, but I still feel the opportunity cost of taking a catcher early isn’t usually justifiable. I’d much rather have a 1B or OF or even MI giving me 600 PAs at 10% above the average 1B or OF or MI production and 450 PAs of an average catcher or two than a catcher giving me 450 PAs at 10% above average and 600 PAs of average 1B/OF/MI. Of course the difference between the top and median levels of production matters at every position, but I don’t really see a huge spread this year at C, certainly not enough to justify reaching substantially.

    Comment by MH — December 12, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  5. After Mauer went down on one knee to propose, I hear he went back on the DL to recover.

    Comment by Max — December 12, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

  6. I was a little surprised to not see someone take on flyer on Perez of KC late in the draft.

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — December 12, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

  7. Hard to believe Napoli went that low…

    Comment by Metsox — December 12, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

  8. With catcher eligibility, I still put him around the second or third tier guys. Personally, I like him at the back end of the top 10. I would easily take him over Yadier Molina and J.P. Arencibia. Right around where people start grabbing Montero and Avila is where I would look for him.

    Comment by Howard Bender — December 12, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  9. ::rim shot::

    Thank you everyone! Max will be here all season! Try the veal and don’t forget to tip your waitresses!

    Comment by Howard Bender — December 12, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

  10. Miguel Montero=underrated this year? I’d take him in a heartbeat and be happy.

    Comment by Max — December 12, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

  11. I noticed Ackley went in the 4th or 5th round of the 15 team draft. What gives? Man crush?

    Comment by Joeyheynow — December 12, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  12. Sure, maybe that’s a little early for Santana. But I disagree that he is a Soto comp. I don’t see any reason to believe that he will get worse. Last year was a bad year for him, and he still hit 27 homers and contributed well in R, RBI, and OBP. He has huge potential, and that is why he is picked early.

    Also, Matt Holliday is not a 2nd rounder any more. If people in your leagues are letting Evan Longoria and Matt Holliday get picked in the same round, then you need to find some actual baseball fans to do FB with.

    Comment by Max — December 13, 2011 @ 3:10 am

  13. In deeper leagues, getting a couple of catchers can be a great idea. Two years ago my one catcher got hurt in my 16-team league and I was scrambling for a replacement, and it was hard to find anything. I think I ended up with Kurt Suzuki or something. I was able to pry Santana from the 1st-place guy’s team after he got hurt in that collision, made him a keeper, and then drafted Russell Martin relatively late. After Martin got off to a hot start, I was able to deal him for more than he was actually worth because I had 2 catchers.

    This is kind of relevant here. Just something to think about, something I learned that anyone reading this might not have to learn the hard way. Get the rare commodities and they can be valuable trade chips later in the season when you know better what your needs are.

    Comment by Max — December 13, 2011 @ 3:22 am

  14. napoli is going way too high. high babip, he’s more of a .280 hitter.

    As well, career high HR/FB rate combined with declining fly ball rates suggest 20-25hr more likely.

    He’d be Brian McCann if he could hold McCann’s jock defensively and play 130-140 games, but 110-120 seems more likely, thus a rannk around 70-90 seems right

    Comment by Bill — December 14, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

  15. Will Victor Martinez be eligible as a catcher in 2013, for yahoo?

    Comment by Geoff — February 16, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

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