Catcher, arguably one of the weakest positions on your fantasy roster. Ranking right up there with short stop and second base. The most common throught process in regards to drafting catchers dicates that one should grab a stud early or wait until the very end of the draft.
There are three types of catcher you can draft. The studs, a very exclusive group including Brian McCann, Russell Martin, Joe Mauer and Geovony Soto. There is the second tier, less sexy, still productive, which includes among others, Chris Iannetta, Victor Martinez, Ryan Doumit, Benjie Molina et al. Finally there are the crap shoot catchers, the catchers you draft in the last rounds just to fill out the position, this includes guys like Jesus Flores, Kurt Suzuki and today's spot light player, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chris Snyder.
If you're just a casual fantasy baseball fan, you likely won't know who Chris Snyder. But if you play in deep mixed leagues with two catchers then Chris Snyder's name was on your draft prep sheet somewhere, though not very high.
That's the thing with little known, limited value catchers they can help you a bit in a couple categories and hurt just bad in other categories. Just like Chris Snyder does.
2006- 19r, 6hr, 32rbi, .277ba, 22bb, 39k, .349obp, .424slg, 773ops
2007- 37r, 13hr, 47rbi, .252ba, 40bb, 67k, .342obp, .433slg, .775ops
2008- 47r, 16hr, 64rbi, .237ba, 56bb, 101k, .348obp, .452slg, .800ops
There is an odd trend occuring here inregards to the dropping batting average and the increased strike out totals. So why does a guy who's seen his batting average drop .040 points in 3 years and his strike out rate rise from 21.2% to 20.6% before skyrocketing up to 30.2% in 2008 get any attention from me?
1- Rising walk rate- 10.7%, 10.9%, 14.4%. Snyder has always known how to take a walk
2- A constant OBP- For those in OBP leagues, Snyders .345obp is about as safe as you can get late in the draft.
3- That HR power- Only five catchers had more homers then Snyder. Six if you include Molina who had just as many.
4- The improving counting stats- The homerun totals have risen in each of the past three years. As have his runs and rbi. An improving D-Backs line up should provide Chris with a few more RBI opportunities.
With the way things are shaping up Chris Snyder could be one of the more undervalued catchers this season. With the chance to belt 20+hr in full time duty this season. I'd be looking for 55r, 18hr, 70rbi, .245avg, but I wouldn't be surprised if he surpassed those projections.