The times, they are a-changin’.
For years it’s been common knowledge that outside of an elite two or three, any catcher you draft will probably see no more than 450 plate appearances. That’s always forced you to choose between three undesirable options:
Suck it up and draft an elite catcher early who plays almost every day
Plug in one of the 450-plate appearance, 135-game options available in tier two/three and just absorb the off days
Roster a second catcher and try to milk as many games as possible out of the position
None of those sound particularly appealing, but the good news is you no longer have to make that difficult decision. For the first time in five years, almost a full fantasy leagues-worth of starting catchers are getting over 550 plate appearances. The youth movement (Matt Wieters, Carlos Santana, Jesus Montero, Buster Posey) has introduced fresh, talented, capable-of-playing-every-day blood to a normally stale and unattractive catcher pool, and it’s changing the wa...