1) Buster Posey (SF) - The likely future Hall of Famer is the best catcher on the planet. Posey was a top 50 player last year. The next closest catcher... Russell Martin, at 150. Besides Schwarber's upside, no one comes close. And while it may be tough to draft an elite catcher early in the draft since they produce less numbers, the advantage he gives you over everyone else's catcher is well worth it.
2) Kyle Schwarber (CHC) - Schwarbs was the 4th overall pick in the '14 draft. And after hitting over .300 at every stop in the minors, he was called up in June. The power show really happened in August with 9 bombs and 24 RBIs. The only downside was the .246 average. Expect the average to come up this year, with the power and RBIs to be there, batting near the middle of the Cubs lineup.
Most of Them
3). Jonathan Lucroy (MIL) - Now 29 years old, Lucroy was hurt last year. He’s been a 12-18 home run per year guy throughout his career. Good, not special.
4) Russell Martin (TOR) - Martin exploded for 23 bombs last year, but with a .240 average. He’s 33 now and a career .257 hitter. The average won’t improve, but it looks like 15-20 home runs.
5) Travis d’Arnaud (NYM) - Injuries, and a time share at catcher with Kevin Plawecki, will keep his price down on draft day. But he was great when on the field last year. 27 years old, he might see some time at 1st base and outfield to keep his bat in play. Take a chance on this guy!
6) Brian McCann (NYY) - McCann hit 26 HRs and 94 RBIs last year, but also hit .200 in the 2nd half. He should be a .230 hitter with power again this year.
7) Salvador Perez (KC) - A good late round catcher. Should hit 20 dingers and have an average in the .260 range. That won't kill you.
8) Matt Wieters (BAL) - Watch him in Spring Training. Wieters was coming back from Tommy John last year and couldn't catch on back to back days. He has some upside if you pass on catcher earlier in the draft.
11) Devin Mesoraco (CIN) - The 15th pick in '07, Mesoraco is only 1 year removed from 25 HRs, 80 RBIs, and a .273 average. He played in only 23 games last year due to injuries. Watch him in Spring Training, if fully healed, he could be a great value.
If You Wait Until the Very End
12) Stephen Vogt (OAK) - A 31 year old catcher that hit .228 and 4 home runs in the 2nd half last year. Someone will remember his stellar 1st half and draft him earlier than he should go. Oh, and he had offseason elbow surgery.
13) Derek Norris (SD) - Batting high in the Padres lineup, Norris is a guy you can live with at catcher if you miss out on the higher upside players.