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    What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    other than Soto?

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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Wilkin Castillo :P

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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Jerry Gil hasn't changed positions in a year or so and would have a nice arm behind the plate.

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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Frazier and Francisco, though they're too advanced at this stage.
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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Hah, no mention of the future HOF, Devin Mesoraco?
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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    I don't see why you wouldn't make that an annual project, actually. Draft a guy around round 10 or so with a promising bat but maybe shaky as his position, maybe with a few athletic tools that you might think would allow him to play the decision. When you get that far in the draft, it's already a big gamble anyway, so why not go for a big payoff?
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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Don't know about the arms and they would probably all be miserable failures, but I'd consider Cody Puckett, Byron Wiley, Logan Parker and Alex Bucholz
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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Is Wiley's arm strong enough because I think he'd be perfect

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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Quote Originally Posted by icehole3 View Post
    Is Wiley's arm strong enough because I think he'd be perfect
    Byron Wiley throws left handed

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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Picture of Soto doing what looks to be catching drills:

    http://www.photoshelter.com/c/fourse...000u1y5WAzuDqc

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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Quote Originally Posted by JayBruceFan View Post
    Picture of Soto doing what looks to be catching drills:

    http://www.photoshelter.com/c/fourse...000u1y5WAzuDqc
    Wow, that website is amazing. Thank you for linking to it. There's literally at least one picture of just about any minor league you can think of, including quite a few of Yorman Rodriguez and Juan Duran, one of Junior Arias and Humberto Valor, and few of Henry Rodriguez and Billy Hamilton. Awesome stuff.

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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    For the record, I doubt if Soto would make a good Catcher. He might be able to play Catcher, but I doubt if he'd be a good one. He'd more likely be a Mike Piazza type of Catcher than a Mike Scioscia type of Catcher.

    Players don't "become" Catchers. They become other positions after beginning as Catchers. It's extremely rare than anyone can move to Catcher from another position (unless they used to be Catchers earlier, but then that's not really a move to Catcher).

    This is why you draft Catchers and Shortstops. These players can always move to other positions, not the other way around.
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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingspoint View Post
    For the record, I doubt if Soto would make a good Catcher. He might be able to play Catcher, but I doubt if he'd be a good one. He'd more likely be a Mike Piazza type of Catcher than a Mike Scioscia type of Catcher.

    Players don't "become" Catchers. They become other positions after beginning as Catchers. It's extremely rare than anyone can move to Catcher from another position (unless they used to be Catchers earlier, but then that's not really a move to Catcher).

    This is why you draft Catchers and Shortstops. These players can always move to other positions, not the other way around.
    There are actually quite a few converts to catchers who are good catchers. The best catching prospect in baseball right now is a former third baseman (Carlos Santana).

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    Re: What other minor leaguers would make a good catcher?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    There are actually quite a few converts to catchers who are good catchers. The best catching prospect in baseball right now is a former third baseman (Carlos Santana).
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