2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Catcher © Deep Sleepers. Catcher © Deep Sleepers selections are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2011 season. Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.
Catcher © Deep Sleepers selections are based on players who are flying under the radar to begin the 2011 season. Catcher © Deep Sleeper selections include players who are widely considered to be a backup player behind an incumbent starter, or are a minor league prospect with little or no major league experience entering the 2011 season. Catcher © Deep Sleepers are players to select with your last pick in your fantasy baseball draft to begin the 2011 season, or simply keep an eye to begin the season.
Top 3 – Catcher © Deep Sleepers 2011
Wilson Ramos – Was
Acquired in a trade deadline deal with the Twins last season, Ramos is a true major league caliber type catcher who is waiting for his chance to claim a full time roll with the Nationals in 2011. Possessing a solid eye as a hitter as well as a little pop in his bat, Ramos has the ability to tally 10 homeruns and a .280 batting average as a rookie during the 2011 season. At age 23, there is little holding back Ramos from overtaking the seemingly ancient 39 year old Ivan Rodriguez as the starting catcher in Washington for the 2011 season.
2010 Minor League Stats: 357 AB, 39 R, 8 HR, 38 RBI, 1 SB, .257 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 79 AB, 5 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB, .278 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 45 R, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 0 SB, .280 AVG
Hank Conger – LAA
Since being drafted by the Angels in the 1st round of the 2005 draft, Conger has had little problem becoming one of the best hitting catchers in all of the minors. With a proven track record that includes Conger tallying at least 10 homeruns and a .290 batting average over each of the last four season in the minors (2007-2010), there seems to be little doubt that Conger could easily notch a 10 plus homerun rookie season in the majors if given the opportunity for playing time in 2011.
2010 Minor League Stats: 387 AB, 56 R, 11 HR, 49 RBI, 0 SB, .300 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 29 AB, 2 R, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB, .172 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 50 R, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 3 SB, .280 AVG
Jesus Montero – NYY
After notching a 21 homerun and .289 batting average season at Triple-A during the 2010 season, Montero only solidified his position as the Yankees best minor league prospect entering the 2011 season. With the 39 year old Jorge Posada likely relegated to DH duties, Montero is one step closer to making his major league debut in 2011. However, with Montero being just 21 years old and still working on improving his defense, and with Russell Martin signed to be the starting catcher, the Yankees have no reason to rush Montero to begin the 2011 season. Nonetheless, if Russell Martin struggles to regain his hitting ability to begin the season, the Yankees may have no other choice but to finally give Montero some major league playing time at some point during the 2011 season.
2010 Minor League Stats: 453 AB, 66 R, 21 HR, 75 RBI, 0 SB, .289 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: no major league experience
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 35 R, 10 HR, 40 RBI, 0 SB, .285 AVG
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