Everybody should know by now that it’s likely Joe Mauer won’t live up to his lofty draft slot. Who else in the catcher ranks has the potential to disappoint in 2010?
Matt Wieters — I’ve seen pessimistic projections put Wieters at 12 homers and 70 RBIs. Those numbers are almost Yadier Molina-esque. Of course, he could hit the 20 homers you’re drafting him for. Unfortunately he’s the fourth-fastest catcher off the board in 2010. That’s expensive for such an unknown commodity.
Jorge Posada — Turns 39 in August and plays the most demanding position in baseball. If he stays healthy it’ll be because he gets a healthy dose of days off. He also has to hold off prospect Jesus Montero all season.
Miguel Montero — Already discussed his and 11 other player’s downside risk in 2010.
Bengie Molina — His production has been solid and consistent, but he turns 36 in July and is merely keeping the catcher’s gear warm for when the Giants consider Buster Posey ready. Molina could play the whole season and hit 20 homers and drive in 80 RBIs in 2010, making him a nice pick as the 10th catcher. However, keep your ear to the ground and your finger on the mouse when Posey talks heat up.
For more busts, rankings, sleepers and strategy, check out our 2010 Fantasy Baseball page.