Over the next week, we will be going over the buy low and sell high options for each position. We will follow the positions the way that the powers that be in baseball decided, meaning pitchers were number one. Now we move on to number 2 on your scoresheet, the catchers.
As with each baseball season, there are plenty of players that are well over or well under their career averages. Finding the players that will either shed their horrid slumps, or cool off after hot starts can be the difference between winning and losing your league.
How does one go about finding the overachievers and underachievers? Season numbers vs. careeer numbers are a good place to start. But everyone has to have a breakout season sometime. What if a players is in the midst of one of those? Sometimes you just have to go with your gut…….and hope you are reading the right column!
Buy low options:
Carlos Santana, Indians: Santana is showing signs of life lately after a miserable first two months of the season. He has two homers in his last five games, and is 4-8 since coming off of the DL on Friday. His season average still sits at a dismal .174, so see if you can grab him at a bargain. You won’t be able to for much longer. For those of you in really shallow leagues, he has been dropped in ten percent of ESPN leagues due to his rough start. It is time to pick him back up!
Wilson Ramos, Nationals: Ramos landed on the DL after the Nats’ first game, and was out until May 7th. He finally seems to be knocking some of the rust off. He has a hit in nine of his last eleven games. He has only hit one home run on the year, but he has 36 career home runs in 922 at-bats. That’s a pretty good ratio for the catcher position. Ramos his a career high 16 homers last year in only 78 games. I expect the power to show back up at some point, making him a nice buy low candidate.
Wilin Rosario, Rockies: Rosario had a rough May. The half that he didn’t spend on the DL saw his average below the Mendoza line at .191. He already has five hits in June after only nine in May. He does have back to back 20 homer seasons coming into this year, so once he gets back into a groove, he will likely start piling on the numbers in this already potent lineup.