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Catcher Draft Trends

Assuming a 12-team league, let's take a look at the typical draft trends for catchers using Mock Draft Central data.

The catcher train typically gets rolling with Russell Martin in the 4th round.  Brian McCann goes a few picks later, and then Joe Mauer a few after that (Mauer often in the 5th).  Those are the elite three, and I have them all within pennies of each other in dollar value. 

The next tier includes Geovany Soto and Victor Martinez.  These guys go around the 6-7th rounds.  In my opinion Soto is worth $4.69 more, so don't treat them as interchangeable.

The next tier doesn't get moving until the 11th round with Ryan Doumit.  I see Doumit with a value comparable to V-Mart, so it's worth waiting if it's between the two.  Matt Wieters goes a few picks after Doumit, an entirely reasonable place for him.  Then you'll see Chris Iannetta in the 12th and Mike Napoli in the 13th.  You know I'm a big Napoli fan.

In the 15th round, Bengie Molina kicks off the next group.  There's a lull until Jorge Posada goes in the 18th (intriguing) and Jeff Clement goes in the 19th.  Drafters are digging Clement but I think there are better choices.  Four guys go in succession starting in the 20th: Dioner Navarro, A.J. Pierzynski, Ramon Hernandez, and Kurt Suzuki.  I'll take Pierzynski and Hernandez, of that group.

In the 23rd round, Gerald Laird kicks off a string of late picks.  He's followed by Brandon Inge (nice value), Kelly Shoppach, Kenji Johjima, Ivan Rodriguez, Jason Varitek, and Yadier Molina.  So now we've seen the top 24 catchers as valued by the market.  Seems like drafters go for names they know at the endgame.

Undrafted backstops worth considering over many of those veterans: Chris Snyder, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and J.R. Towles.


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