Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
I'm still unsure of what the Reds have in Tatum, Anthony Esquer and Eddy Rodriguez. Most likely, not a lot. I don't think Perez will ever hit. This is supposed to be a good year for catchers -- with both Grandal and a few college guys -- so I'm hoping the Reds snag more than 1 in the top 10 rounds, and preferably 1 in the top 2 rounds. Usually, I don't feel that way. But these are desperate times behind the plate.
Tatum seems to be taking his time getting up the ladder, although he has at least flashed some throwing and power ability.
Esquer has quite the line-drive bat, but I have no knowledge of his defensive skills. It remains to be seen if he'll hit a wall a la Miguel Perez (who got everyone excited by hitting .335 at Billings, then did little with the bat afterwards) or not.
Rodriguez seems to be defense-first.
It is true that with few exceptions catchers are the riskiest high picks and usually the most stealthy of prospects. I'd say more catchers "come out of nowhere" to establish themselves in the majors than any other type of player. There are always blue-chippers like Mauer, but for every one of him there are several Russell Martins, Mike Piazzas, and David Rosses.