Originally written on Kramerica Sports  |  Last updated 10/17/14

Author: Andrew Swanson

Opening day 2012 will be an interesting time for Ryan Doumit as it will be his first opening day in anything other than a Pirate uniform. After seven up and down seasons with the Bucs, Doumit signed a 3-year deal to become the designated hitter for the Twins.

Doumit joined the Pirates organization as a second round draft pick in the 1999 amateur draft, and spent six years in the minors before getting called up on June 5, 2005. His breakout season occurred in 2007 when he batted .318 with 15 home runs and 69 RBI’s. Despite his best efforts, the Pirates failed to produce a winning team and added another year to their record 19 straight losing seasons.

From a pure statistical standpoint Doumit has not produced eye popping numbers by any stretch of the imagination, however, the fact that he is going to be a designated hitter with catcher eligibility makes him a nice late round value.

Daily playing time as a DH should keep Doumit fresh while allowing him to log more than his previous high of 465 at-bats. In addition, the Twins supporting cast should provide more protection and run producing opportunities than what Doumit experienced in Pittsburgh.

It remains to be seen how well Doumit will handle a move the America League and whether not he will thrive as an everyday designated hitter. Some players excel in that capacity while others struggle to adapt to sitting on the bench.

At his current ADP of 319, Doumit is well worth the risk to see if he pans out in Minnesota. Projecting his 2011 production over a full season with 600 at-bats would give Doumit close to 20 home runs and 80 runs batted in, making him an excellent late value pick and he should be on a short list of sleeper catchers this season.

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