MLB Draft Success : Catchers

Catchers have always been hard to figure out. They play one of the most important positions in baseball and are the hardest position to develop. The burnout rate is high, the success rate is low and the wear and tear is great. A player has to be physically, mentally and emotionally tough. It is very hard to know who is going to succeed in this position and who isn't. Mike Piazza was drafted 1390th overall in 1988 and went on to be one of the best hitting catchers of all time. Catchers are one of the hardest positions to scout and draft and here are the numbers to back that up.

Even these numbers are skewed because many of the best players drafted as a catcher were moved to other positions. Craig Biggio, Troy Percival, Paul Konerko, Justin Morneau, even Jayson Werth were all drafted as catchers. Take this into consideration when looking at these numbers.

1st round

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

8.33%

7.14%

0.00%

Superstar

25.00%

28.57%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

16.67%

14.29%

0.00%

Part-time player

8.33%

14.29%

0.00%

Bench warmer

25.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

16.67%

35.71%

100.00%

1st supp

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

33.33%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

33.33%

33.33%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

33.33%

66.67%

0.00%

2nd round

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

6.67%

3.45%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

6.90%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

6.67%

3.45%

0.00%

Part-time player

20.00%

6.90%

0.00%

Bench warmer

46.67%

20.69%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

20.00%

58.62%

0.00%

3rd round

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

11.76%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

7.69%

11.76%

0.00%

Part-time player

23.08%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

15.38%

5.88%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

53.85%

70.59%

100.00%

4th round

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

4.55%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

25.00%

4.55%

0.00%

Bench warmer

16.67%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

58.33%

90.91%

0.00%

5th round

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

4.55%

4.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

4.55%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

13.64%

16.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

13.64%

12.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

63.64%

68.00%

0.00%

6th round

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

6.25%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

6.25%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

5.88%

0.00%

Bench warmer

6.25%

0.00%

50.00%

Minor leaguer

81.25%

94.12%

50.00%

7th round

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

6.67%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

6.67%

12.50%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

13.33%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

73.33%

87.50%

0.00%

8th round

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

3.45%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

3.45%

33.33%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

93.10%

66.67%

100.00%

9th round

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

4.55%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

4.55%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

9.09%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

81.82%

100.00%

100.00%

10th round

C

C

C

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

5.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

5.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

7.14%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

92.86%

90.00%

100.00%

 

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