2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers and Busts - Catcher
Catcher...the shittiest position on the fantasy baseball roster. That fact was proven by the Scientific Method in the 17th century, but it doesn't stop us from sharing with you a few sleepers and busts from the position. If you love the position, you need to really evaluate your life. Seriously.
Omar Narvaez, Seattle Mariners
Narvaez was a pretty solid contributor for the White Sox last year with nine homers and 30 RBIs with a .275 batting average in just 280 at-bats. He wasn’t a massive offensive player in the minors, but he was solid. He goes to Seattle where he has very little competition for playing time, you know as far as playing time for catchers go. His walk rate was solid and his strikeout rate wasn’t high. The catcher position is obviously very thin and gets thin quickly, but Narvaez is a guy to watch in April to see if he gets off to a strong start.
Tucker Barnart, Cincinnati Reds
There are a few things I like about Tucker Barnhart in 2019. First of all, he's 28 years old and is in the sweet spot when it comes to Father Time and production. Second, he plays in Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, which is one of the best hitters parks in MLB and per ESPN Ballpark Factors, it was the best ballpark for home runs in 2018. Barnart also set a career high in home runs last year with ten, and while his batting average dropped to .248, there was a dip in BABIP which makes me think that with a little luck, he may be able to hit .260 this season. Finally, believe it or not, the Reds are an improving team and should have a pretty darn good lineup in 2019. With the addition of Yasiel Puig and up and comers Jesse Winker and Nick Senzel taking the field in addition to the likes of Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez, and Jose Peraza, even hitting at the bottom of the lineup he should have some good opportunity to knock in, and score runs. All signs are pointing up for Barnhart to have a very good season.
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Posey fell off the map last year, and I worry that this is the start of a trend. He will be 32 when the season starts and he is coming off a pretty big hip surgery. Hip surgery and catcher doesn’t tend to go that well together. The home runs fell off big time, the RBIs were way down, and although his batting average was still good, it wasn’t the near .300 average we were used to for years. He is the 6th catcher on Fantasy Pros and the 7th in NFBC, and while the catcher position sucks and Posey could still just be decent to be worth this draft status, I just don’t expect a bounce back from Posey. I think you could do better elsewhere.
Mike Zunino, Tampa Bay Rays
I'm just not a Mike Zunino fan. Yeah, maybe he can hit you 20 home runs, but the dent he can put in your batting average is way more than I would like to try to overcome from a fantasy perspective. The dude hit .201 last year. Pitiful. He also is going to be playing in Tropicana Park for Tampa this year and if you aren't aware, it isn't a hitter friendly ball park. He is going as the 11th catcher off the board in the NFBC and that's just a little too rich for my tastes.