Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Worthy Of Drafting After Returning From Injury?

For the next week or so we will examine players from every position who are returning after lengthy, if not season ending, injuries. We will examine players from both leagues, their current ADP, possible alternatives, and finally giving a green light to draft them.  Today we review two very good catchers.
NL Miguel Montero: ADP (126) the 8th catcher off the board. Montero appeared in just 85 games last season, missing a good portion of the first half with a knee injury. That injury ended up being a torn meniscus in his right knee—an injury that required surgery. Arizona must feel Montero is completely healthy because they traded Chris Snyder to Pittsburgh last year. Montero ranked 2nd in SLG% in 09’ and 3rd in 10’ with .474 and .449 respectively. The 27-year –old still has a world of potential, but given his inconsistencies and high K rate especially, he cannot yet be considered as one of Fantasy’s catching elite. He enters the 11’ season as a legitimate top catcher in all formats, but owners can wait until the ninth or tenth round to draft him in most leagues.


AL Carlos Santana: ADP (112) the 6th catcher off the board. Santana, whose 2010 season came to an abrupt end due to a knee injury suffered in early August, is slated to be ready for spring training and the Indians are optimistic he will be on the field for opening day. Santana hit .260 with 6HR, 13 doubles and 22RBI in just 46 games last season before getting injured. There might be some risk with Santana coming off a pretty serious injury, but the kid can hit, so he is worth drafting as a top catcher in all leagues. There are additional plans for Santana to play 1B this spring ala Buster Posey. If this carries over to the regular season, the 1B experiment will work as a semi-day off from time to time for Santana.

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