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    Ranking by Position Group: Catchers

    1. Devin Mesoraco, 22, R
    2. Yasmani Grandal, 21, S
    3. Tucker Barnhart, 19, S
    4. Mark Fleury, 22, L
    5. Wilkin Castillo, 26, S
    6. Kevin Coddington, 22, R
    7. Chris Denove, 27, R
    8. Chris Berset, 22, S
    9. Julio Morillo, 17, R
    10. Danny Vicioso, 21, R
    11. Ponceano Flores, 20, R

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    Re: Ranking by Position Group: Catchers

    Quote Originally Posted by mace View Post
    1. Devin Mesoraco, 22, R
    2. Yasmani Grandal, 21, S
    3. Tucker Barnhart, 19, S
    4. Mark Fleury, 22, L
    5. Wilkin Castillo, 26, S
    6. Kevin Coddington, 22, R
    7. Chris Denove, 27, R
    8. Chris Berset, 22, S
    9. Julio Morillo, 17, R
    10. Danny Vicioso, 21, R
    11. Ponceano Flores, 20, R


    I go a little different...

    Mesoraco
    Grandal
    Soto (If he converts during the Instructional League which last I heard he was.)
    Fleury
    Barnhardt
    Wideman
    Berset
    McMurray
    Coddington
    Berset

    Vidal would be my #4 if he converts as well during the Instructional League.
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    Re: Ranking by Position Group: Catchers

    I was skeptical of Soto completing the switch, so I didn't include him. I hadn't heard that he's converting during Instructional League. I'll say this: he has the speed of a catcher. That man runs like a plumber (and I don't even know what that means). But if he does switch, he would definitely warrant a high ranking. Of course, that would depend, also, on his receiving and throwing.

    I do like Vidal's bat. He's one to watch, as well. Good call.

    Not sure I would displace Barnhart, though. I like him a lot.

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    Re: Ranking by Position Group: Catchers

    Barnhart had a great year at Billings. He's willing to take a walk and can hit. But he has little power, as of yet. Too, his scouting report out of high school tells us of a pretty advanced defensive catcher.

    Soto was able to catch 10 games at Lynchburg, but had a greater year two years ago at Billings. He also has plus-plus power. But he's allergic to walks and probably will never be as good behind the plate as Barnhart.

    I'd say it's really a case of po-tay-to/po-tah-to on this one. Maybe Soto gets extra credit because of his advanced level and young age. Maybe you ding him too for his lack of tools (speed, plate discipline, pure glove).
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    Re: Ranking by Position Group: Catchers

    For those wiser than me in scouting and minor leagues, does Mes project to be a middle of the order bat? Could he one day be protecting Votto in the lineup?

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    Re: Ranking by Position Group: Catchers

    Quote Originally Posted by JKam View Post
    For those wiser than me in scouting and minor leagues, does Mes project to be a middle of the order bat? Could he one day be protecting Votto in the lineup?
    He has the power to be a 30 HR guy, so I would say yes. He has a few things to work on still at the plate, but his power plays well. As for protecting Votto, I still expect that to be Jay Bruce's job even with Dusty wanting to split up the lefties despite the fact that neither Bruce nor Votto struggled to hit lefties last season (or longer in Votto's case).

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    Re: Ranking by Position Group: Catchers

    Thanks Doug for the reply.

    The only reason I asked if he could protect Votto is because of Dusty's affinity to split up lefties and righties. I would hope/think that Bruce steps up into the role of #4 hitter next season, but doubt Dusty will fill out the card that way. For Dusty it would be a dream if Mes could be a #4 hitter because he can split up the lefties.


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