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01-15

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Player Profile: Francisco Cervelli
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J.J. Jansons

01-15

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Catchers
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Mike Gianella

01-15

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Player Profile: Gary Sanchez
by
George Bissell

01-15

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6

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-15

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 71
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-14

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Catchers on the Ocean Floor
by
Wilson Karaman

01-14

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers
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Bret Sayre

01-14

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Jorge Alfaro vs. Jacob Nottingham
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Greg Wellemeyer

01-14

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Player Profile: Derek Norris
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J.P. Breen

01-13

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The Quinton: Strategy Planning, Sub-Strategies, and Catcher Strategies
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
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Keith Cromer

01-13

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Get to Know: Catcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-13

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers
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J.J. Jansons

01-12

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18

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

01-12

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9

The Adjuster: Catchers
by
Wilson Karaman

01-12

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Pitching Backward: Pudge, Preserved
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Jeff Long

01-12

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Baseball Therapy: Put Russell In the Hall of Fame
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Russell A. Carleton

01-12

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Tale of the Tape: Travis d'Arnaud vs. Jonathan Lucroy
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Matt Collins

01-11

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5

Early ADP Analysis: Catchers
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George Bissell

01-11

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12

Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

11-03

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Player Profile: Travis d'Arnaud
by
Matt Collins

09-10

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3

Daisy Cutter: Castillo Playing Well for Arizona
by
Sahadev Sharma

06-01

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Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Get Salty
by
R.J. Anderson

01-12

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8

Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen
by
BP Fantasy Staff

01-09

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-09

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Player Profile: Devin Mesoraco
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Nick Shlain

01-09

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 36: Catchers
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-08

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
by
Keith Cromer

01-08

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers
by
Bret Sayre

01-08

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Max Pentecost vs. Andrew Susac
by
Craig Goldstein

01-08

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Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy
by
J.P. Breen

01-07

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17

The Adjuster: Catchers
by
Wilson Karaman

01-07

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14

Get to Know: Catcher Prospects
by
Craig Goldstein

01-07

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12

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers
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Ben Carsley

01-07

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Catchers
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Nick Shlain

01-06

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Tale of the Tape: Russell Martin vs. Salvador Perez
by
Matt Collins

01-06

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

01-06

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Fantasy Infographic: Catchers
by
Mauricio Rubio

01-05

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The Quinton: Zagging: Catchers and an Opportunitistic Strategy
by
Jeff Quinton

01-05

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State of the Position: Catchers
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J.P. Breen

01-05

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Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

09-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Backing Off Backstop Prospects
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Ben Carsley

06-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Catcher Fetish and Derek Norris
by
Craig Goldstein

03-03

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Top Tools: Best Catcher Defense/Catcher Arm
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

01-17

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Catchers
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Bret Sayre

01-17

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-16

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Tale of the Tape: Jonathan Lucroy vs. Carlos Santana
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Alex Kantecki

01-16

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers
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Paul Sporer

01-15

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Get to Know: Catcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-14

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

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January 13, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers

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J.J. Jansons

Sizing up the backstop bunch from now through the 2018 season.

Although three-year rankings are perhaps most useful for keeper league owners, they can serve a number of purposes for dynasty league owners as well, particularly those who are in (or approaching) contention and not knee-deep in the perpetual rebuild that many owners seem to enjoy. If your contention cycle is now and you’re wondering who to keep and who to deal, the three-year rankings are for you—as they won’t feature any prospects who were just legally able to buy their first Powerball ticket.

It’s especially important to note that these rankings are decidedly not the consensus rankings of the BP Fantasy Staff; they are the rankings of the selected author.

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January 12, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers

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Mike Gianella

Breaking down this year's backstop group into fantasy-value-based bins.

Today, we kick off our positional tier rankings. For the fifth year in a row, we have made this into a collaborative effort. Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating.

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they will fetch mixed-league auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be early-round selections, and they are projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late-round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year’s values but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen in 2016.

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January 12, 2016 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Catchers

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Wilson Karaman

Tweaking our backstop valuations to account for value differences in OBP and points formats.

As a longtime proponent of OBP leagues, I was proud to debut this column last year as a way to look at how our 5x5 rankings can migrate—sometimes spectacularly—one way or another depending on the kind of non-standard format you may happen to play in. You can take a look at the archives from last season to get a handle on things, but the basic gist is that we’ll be running an Adjuster article each week as a subsidiary to our positional rankings as a space to specifically highlight players who see their values rise or fall relative to our tiered rankings. For hitters we’ll focus on value adjustments in OBP and points formats, though suggestions for additional formats are always welcome in the comments, and if enough of a consensus forms to include additional formats we can adjust (Eh? Eh?) as we go. In case you missed ‘em yesterday, here are our tiered rankings for catchers as unveiled yesterday. And with that, let’s get to it.

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What Ivan Rodriguez really did do better than anybody ever did.

Much has been made of catcher framing, which can add or detract a dozen or more wins from a player’s career WARP. But this isn’t going to be a discussion about framing, or about how important it is to a player’s legacy and/or Hall of Fame candidacy. This is going to be a celebration of old school catcher evaluation. It’s going to be about the best all-time at the catch-and-throw. It’s going to be about the guy who was catching personified: Ivan Rodriguez.

Next offseason, Rodriguez will be eligible for the Hall of Fame, and much will be made of his ability, his reputation, and where he falls among all-time catchers. According to JAWS and the Hall of Stats, Rodriguez lands easily among the five best catchers of all time. It’s easy to see why. He was elected to 14 All Star games, won 13 Gold Gloves, has seven silver sluggers and an MVP award, and won a World Series ring.

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Start the bandwagon: The next criminally underrated HOF candidate is today's criminally underrated superstar.

I might be a little biased, but I think that if there’s something that last week’s Hall of Fame results needed, it was more inductees named Russell. With Russell Branyan not eligible for election (and in legal trouble), things have been looking kinda bleak. But something else happened in last week’s results that gives me hope. Other than that guy who’s going in with a backwards cap, catcher Mike Piazza finally got his spot in the Hall of Fame.

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Is the Mets young'un or the Brewers vet the better choice to don the tools of ignorance for your fantasy squad this year?

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January 11, 2016 6:00 am

Early ADP Analysis: Catchers

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George Bissell

A look at where the backstops are going in the first batch of 2016 fantasy drafts.

Welcome to “Catchella.” If you’re looking for the hologram of J.R. Towles, you came to right spot. Coincidentally, this also happens to be the first installment of our new fantasy series focused primarily on analyzing early average draft position (ADP) trends to determine what we can learn from them to help improve our draft-day strategy in 2016.

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January 11, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

Our fantasy staff suggests eyeing these players to don the tools of ignorance for your squad this year.

Welcome back to the third annual Fantasy Target and Avoid series at Baseball Prospectus. Each week, members of our staff will pick either a player to target or a player to avoid in your fantasy leagues. These picks (and pans) are not meant to reflect our staff rankings but rather to give our readers the advantage of our staff’s joint expertise and a deeper look at 10 players at each position.

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November 3, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Travis d'Arnaud

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Matt Collins

The NL champs' backstop carries some risk, but he has more upside than most at the position.

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September 10, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Castillo Playing Well for Arizona

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Sahadev Sharma

Welington Castillo hadn't broken through in Chicago and wasn't getting a clean shot this year; two stops later, he's broken out in the desert

Rejection comes in many forms: You can be replaced, ignored, or outright sent away. Welington Castillo has suffered through each in less than a calendar year, yet has somehow found a way to thrive.

Castillo started the offseason as the Cubs' no. 1 catcher, but it was clear to anyone who was paying attention that he wasn't part of the organization's plan going forward. After a failed run at free agent Russell Martin, the Cubs traded for Miguel Montero. Castillo still appeared to have a spot on the roster as Montero's right-handed platoon partner, but soon after the signing of Jon Lester, the Cubs also added David Ross and the writing was on the wall for Castillo's future as a North Sider.

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June 1, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Get Salty

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R.J. Anderson

Arizona calls Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the majors, Carlos Peguero joins the Red Sox, and other moves.

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January 12, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen

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BP Fantasy Staff

Breaking down a handful of players who could return nice value on your investment this spring.

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