I have four Catchers ranked ahead of Buster Posey. Can you believe it? Sandy Alomar is not one of those four, but that other guy made the cut. Carlos Santana is ready for the stage. He is a musician with the ash and the maple. He will soon be voted into many All-Star games, but that doesn't matter because I ranked him ahead of Buster Posey and that means much, much more. Carlos Santana accepts his award after the jump.
Just finished up a 12-team, slow mock draft at 7:45... or was it quarter to 8:00? Anyway, the multi-day extravaganza was hosted at CouchManagers.com, by @BaseballPress. I'm not sure who all the participants were, but we did have someone from Fangraphs in the crowd, Zach... Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Sanders? We don't usually post mock drafts... but I'm-a gonna go with my instincts on this one. Saddle up partner!
After the 2007 baseball season (19 HR, 21 SB), Russell Martin was overvalued in fantasy circles and suave managers didn't like him. Then after 2009 (7 HR, 11 SB), only a small handful of managers thought he was being underrated when the majority of the fantasy community paid him no attention. Now that he signed with the Yankees and cockblocked Jesus Montero, nobody likes Russell Martin. I may have him ranked 11th among all Catchers, but I'm still upset with him and the Yankees.
2011 Projection .262 AVG, 11 HR, 67 Runs, 61 RBI, 11 SB (500 AB)
Could Montero be traded for Starting Pitching? Could he be called up if Jorge Posada hits the DL? Do the Yankees really think he'll stick at Catcher? Who knows. All I know is that I need to schedule a meeting with Dr. Buddy Rydell. Now that we know Nipsey Russell is roasting Montero's value in the Big Apple, I can work out some projections for the remaining AL East backstops and post some Catcher rankings soon.
I'm sure some people will be upset over my 2011 projection for Austin Jackson. Detroit's rookie Outfielder finished second to Neftali Feliz in the Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .293, scoring 103 Runs and stealing 27 bases. Jackson hit .300 in AAA and .285 in AA, so why am I going all Grumpy Old Men on the 23-year old? There are conspiracy theorists who say that I am a closet Boston Red Sox homer who hates all Yankees past and present, but they couldn't be more wrong. I'll tell you why I'm hating on Austin Jackson, all you have to do is make the jump.
Do you smell what the Hot Stove is cooking? Plenty of action lately, it's getting hard to keep up with it all trading, signings and "heard this" tweets while working on 2011 projections, mock drafting and bossing around Virgil. Let's tackle six moves in one post before getting into more Hot Stove action with Starbonell tomorrow. Make the jump my little pretties.