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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Hellooo HaniganPosted by Paul Singman at 2:25pm
Unless you have a top-tier catcher, staying loyal to a struggling catcher is generally futile in fantasy baseball. There just is not enough of an upside to these type of catchers to make it worth your while to keep them over one with a hot bat. Right now, Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan is a streaking catcher on who's bandwagon it might be smart to hitch a ride.
In 34 plate appearances so far in 2010, Hanigan is hitting a silly .483 with an even sillier .520 BABIP. Still, he has tremendous plate disicpline—walking more than he strikes out—and figures to maintain about a .280 average going forward. He is not the primary catcher but with Ramon Hernandez playing unremarkably, I would imagine the Reds will begin to give the majority of the starts behind the plate to Hanigan.
Hanigan does not quite have the minor league track record nor power approach to become what Miguel Montero was last year, but he can be a serviceable backstop in most leagues and is much more fun to own at the moment than any catcher who is struggling.
Paul has been managing fantasy baseball teams for many seasons and writing for THT Fantasy over the past three years. He is currently a student at UPenn welcomes readers' thoughts at his email here or in the comments below.
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