2012 National League Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Catchers
Devin Mesoraco C Cin - Mesoraco is a 23 year old minor league stud that should be on every NL fantasy owners radar going into the 2012 baseball season. in 2010 Mesoraco hit .302 with 26 Hr’s between AA and AAA. In 2011 playing a full year in AAA he put up a respectable .289 AVG with 15 Hr’s. Mesoraco struggled a little bit in a 2011 September cup of coffee but I wouldn’t worry about that at all. Legit power hitting catchers just don’t come along that often, and with half his games being played at the ultra hitter friendly Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati he should be a top 5 catcher in 2012 when its all said and done.
Wilin Rosario C Col - Rosario is another player like Mesoraco with rare power from the catcher position. The only difference is Rosario hasn’t shown the same ability to hit for a high batting average. Rosario hit only .249 in AA last season, but did manage to pump out 21 Hr’s in the process. He hit .204 with 3 home runs in 57 at bats during his September call-up showing you his power potential, but also his batting average liability. Still, I like Rosario as a # 2 catcher going into the 2012 season. Even if he is splitting time with newly acquired Ramon Hernandez.
Nick Hundley C SDP - Hundley and myself share the exact same birthday. So I have always been a little bias when hoping he has a good season. But the poor guy just hasn’t been able to stay healthy. in his 4 seasons in the big leagues he has had 198, 256, 273 and 281 at bats in each season. Although in 2011 even in his smallish sample size Hundley was really impressive. Hundley batted .288 with 9 home runs in only 281 at bats and even batted in the cleanup spot a number of times for the Padres. If Hundley can stay healthy (and that’s a big “IF”) he could feasibly have a .275 with 17-18 home run type season.
Jordan Pacheco 1B,3B,C COL - Pacheco kind of came out of nowhere to hit .286 with 2 home runs in 84 at bats during his 2011 September call-up. Pacheco played almost exclusively catcher while in the minor leagues, but spent most of his time at 1B while filling in for an injured Todd Helton last season. He did play 2 games at catcher out of his 24 starts, so along with his minor league track record I think he should be eligible at catcher in most 2012 fantasy leagues. Pacheco never hit more then 13 home runs in a season in the minors (and that was in single A) so expecting any more then 10 home runs from him is unrealistic. But because of his position versatility and the fact that he isn’t very well known I think he could slip under the radar going into drafts in 2012. Pacheco had a .303 career batting average in the minor leagues.
Hector Sanchez C SFG - If the Giants are going to be careful with Buster Posey coming off of his ankle injury somebody is going to have to play catcher while he either rests, or plays 1B. Sanchez is by far the Giants best hitting back-up catcher over both Eli Whiteside and Chris Stewart who can threaten the Mendoza line with the best of them. Sanchez could see a decent amount of playing time in 2012 unless the Giants go out and get a free agent catcher like Ramon Hernandez or I’ve even heard Jorge Posada. (who just seems like a Brian Sabean guy)