Originally Posted by jmcclain19
I disagree Doug. You just happened to look during a time of an amazingly weak crop of young catchers. Which is why, 7 to 10 years later, there is an amazing derth of even league average catchers in the bigs.
Look at some of the names drafted as catchers the last several seasons in the first couple of rounds
Sure you can occasionally grab a Russ Martin type as a 3B prospect in the late teen rounds and convert him to a catcher, but those guys are few and far between.
It's all about scouting and the talent available. The Catching crop in this years draft is a huge strength, and the Reds ignoring that could be overlooking a top shelf talent.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Reds take a catcher with one of their top picks - Catching fits right in with Krivsky's Defense tenet and there are quite a few big hitters/excellent fielders beind the plate available for draft this June.
Of that group only McCann and Mauer have shown to be good hitters in the Majors. Shoppach will turn 27 this month and has 125 at bats in the majors and his OPS in those at bats is .605. Mathis fell apart last year, and even then still has an OPS in the minors of .796. Jeremy Brown is 27 years old and has 10 major league at bats. Chris Snyder has 606 major league at bats and has a .681 OPS in the majors. Saltalamaccia fell on his face last year hitting .230 with a .380 slugging percentage....
So still, I think that my point is fairly valid.
I am not going to hate if the Reds take a catcher. I will root for the guy and hope for the best. If the Reds scouts say hey 'Catcher #23' is the best guy on the board, then I hope they take him. But historically, catchers don't pan out to be even decent hitters.