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2015 Fantasy Baseball: Where are they now? — Catchers

Draft day is the most fun day of the year. It’s a lot like Christmas because you never know what you are going to get. Many of us that play in multiple leagues carry the same cheat sheet into both drafts and still come up with vastly different teams. However, there are always some players that people are able to target in all of their drafts. Despite the best laid plans, some of these players don’t work out for one reason or another.

As we approach the All-Star break, we get to the point of the season where everyone has to regroup. It’s high time we take a look at the catchers that were ranked in the top 15 at their position according to Yahoo at the beginning of the season but have struggled for one reason or another. Some of these players are done for the season (Devin Mesoraco), but others are still active and available. Which one of these players should fantasy players roll the dice on and bank on a comeback in the second half?

Carlos Santana— Cleveland Indians (Yahoo #2)

PA AVG HR Runs RBI SB
March/April 89 .239 3 12 11 2
May 108 .217 3 16 16 1
June 100 .182 3 6 9 0

What happened?

Unlike the others on the list, Santana has been healthy the whole season. He is on pace to have more than 600 plate appearances. In fact, he’s also on pace to have 20 or more home runs, about 75 runs, and 75 RBI on the season. So, we can’t use the bust term with him. Disappointment would be a more accurate term. The Indians thought moving him to first base permanently would boost the offensive production. Instead, he’s gotten progressively worse as the season has gone on.

What to expect?

Santana has been a huge second half player throughout the course of his career. He has a .238/.365/.432 slash line in the first half and a .260/.370/.469 slash line in the second half. That’s a .797 OPS before the all-star break and a .839 OPS after the all-star break. That is enough of a difference to take a chance on happening again.

Jonathan Lucroy— Milwaukee Brewers (Yahoo #3)

PA AVG HR Runs RBI SB
March/April 51 .133 0 3 1 0
May 0 .000 0 0 0 0
June 106 .253 1 8 11 0

What happened?

Obviously, Lucroy spent most of the first two months on the shelf, but that doesn’t really tell the whole story. He never got in a rhythm and is still struggling a bit. Probably the most alarming stat is the lack of power. He has only one home run to date even though he has 157 plate appearances through Sunday’s action.

What to expect?

Lucroy was finally healthy in June and began to show some signs of life. The plate appearances show you that the Brewers will throw him out there every day, so he is a decent guy to bet on. If you own him, then you might as well roll the dice that he will give you the production that you bet on when you selected him. If he’s on the waiver wire, he is a perfect high risk, high reward pick up.

Yan Gomes— Cleveland Indians (Yahoo #6)

PA AVG HR Runs RBI SB
March/April 20 .150 0 3 10 0
May 22 .158 0 6 9 0
June 68 .215 2 12 7 0

What happened?

Gomes missed a ton of time towards the beginning of the season with a knee injury. He wasn’t truly healthy until the beginning of June. By that time, he had lost his position behind the plate and had to play himself into shape while competing for the job. He’s been better in June than before, but he just isn’t getting the kind of playing time necessary to get himself into shape.

What to expect?

The All-Star break has a way of rebooting the season. The Indians may take a step back and look at their everyday lineup before moving forward. They still have an outside chance of making a playoff push with that dynamite starting rotation. Gomes probably gives them the best chance from behind the plate to compete. If I owned him, I’d probably roll the dice as well depending on who else I had.

Yadier Molina— St. Louis Cardinals (Yahoo #7)

PA AVG HR Runs RBI SB
March/April 73 .246 0 3 10 0
May 110 .308 0 6 9 0
June 87 .313 2 12 7 0

What happened?

In an odd way, not much has happened to Molina. He’s been healthy, and for those fans that are less sophisticated, they would wonder how he has made a list like this. After all, he is hitting nearly .300 over the course of the season and likely will surpass that if he continues as he has. The problem is that the .300 average is accompanied with virtually no power. Plus, Molina has never drawn a ton of walks.

What to expect?

Catchers age faster than players at any other position. Molina is actually still a valuable player overall when you throw in his fielding, but it looks like he has reverted to the player he was early in his career. The batting average will keep you afloat if you own him, but if you have a more well-rounded catcher, you might think about using him.

Wilin Rosario— Colorado Rockies (Yahoo #10)

PA AVG HR Runs RBI SB
March/April 14 .357 1 1 2 0
May 65 .266 1 7 6 1
June 58 .357 3 7 9 1

What happened?

This is a unique story. The Rockies sent Rosario down to the minors because of his defense. They chose Nick Hundley over him in spring training, so Rosario has only gotten playing time at first base after Justin Morneau got injured. Despite his success at the plate, he is still more or a platoon player because he doesn’t have a position.

What to expect?

The Rockies really don’t have anywhere to put Rosario, and once Morneau is healthy again I have no idea if he’s going to get on the field regularly again. The shame of it all is that he’s probably made more strides at the plate this year than anyone else. If he can find another home where he could be a designated hitter or first baseman, then he’d be worth having. At this point, he’s just not going to get on the field enough.

Matt Wieters— Baltimore Orioles (Yahoo #12)

PA AVG HR Runs RBI SB
March/April 0 .000 0 0 0 0
May 0 .000 0 0 0 0
June 57 .288 3 9 10 0

What happened?

The beginning of the tale is easy enough. Wieters was recovering from rotator cuff surgery, so he missed the first two months of the season. Everyone that drafted him knew that was going to be the case. What they didn’t expect was that the Orioles would be comfortable using Caleb Joseph behind the plate. With Wieters being an impending free agent, they may be easing Joseph into the role.

What to expect?

Wieters is producing just fine when given the opportunity. Like Rosario, he may not be given the opportunity to do it every day. Of course, the Orioles are saying they are easing him back into playing every day. That may well be the case, but for the time being you might expect half the production overall.

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