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MiLB Prospect Rankings: Catcher

That looks like a number two, but Devin Mesoraco is number one in my eyes
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Some say that Catcher is the hardest position to scout. Many top-hitting catcher prospects get moved off the plate (Wil Myers), and the top defenders who don’t hit right away are forgotten (Devin Mesoraco) until everything suddenly comes together. It’s definitely a volatile position. But because catcher requires more tools than other positions, it gives us more criteria to differentiate between the Monteros and the Mesoracos of the world. And it makes it easy to spot elite draft prospects like Swihart, who demonstrate fielding, throwing, AND hitting strength at a young age.

I play in a 12-team dynasty league in which every team gets to keep 65 Minor League or undrafted prospects. That’s 780 prospects owned at all times. Yeah, I know. Scouting the MLB Draft and Minor Leagues is a year-round exercise. The specific metrics I use are power (HR/SLG), hitting (AVG/OBP), speed (SB), defense, age, draft position, level of competition faced in ’11, Baseball America ranking, and DeepLeagues.com ranking. My rankings are for fantasy baseball purposes, so I factor in defense only if I believe it will hinder a prospect’s progress, or force him to change positions. Without further ado…

TIER 1
1. Devin Mesoraco C Reds
2. Travis D’Arnaud C Blue Jays
3. Ryan Lavarnway DH/C Red Sox
4. Jesus Montero DH/C Yankees
5. Yasmani Grandal C Reds
6. Gary Sanchez C Yankees
7. Blake Swihart C Red Sox
8. Wilin Rosario C Rockies
9. Austin Romine C Yankees
10. Tomas Telis C Rangers
11. J.T. Realmuto C Marlins
TIER 2
12. Oscar Hernandez C Rays
13. Jorge Alfaro C Rangers
14. Will Swanner C Rockies
15. Tommy Joseph C Giants
16. Tim Federowicz C Red Sox
17. Derek Norris C Nationals
18. Tony Sanchez C Pirates
19. Salvador Perez C Royals
20. Jason Hagerty C Padres
21. Austin Hedges C Padres
22. Santiago Nessy C Blue Jays
23. Cameron Gallagher C Royals
24. Andrew Susac C Giants
25. Jordan Pacheco C Rockies
UNDRAFTED
1. Mike Zunino C Florida
2. Stryker Trahan C Acadia HS LA
3. Peter O’Brien C Bethune-Cookman

Catchers with more than 130 At Bats were not included

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