2012 BCB Community Projections: Catcher and Center Field

Feb 26, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Nyjer Morgan (2) during photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

This is certainly an unconventional position grouping but I've got the corner outfielders slotted in for tomorrow and the relief pitchers for Friday. That leaves the defense-oriented positions for today and we've got Lucroy, Morgan, and Gomez on the menu.

Carlos Gomez

2010: .247/.298/.357, 318 PA

2011: .225/.276/.403, 258 PA

ZiPS: .243/.296/.374, 385 PA

RotoChamp: .236/.288/.378, 295 PA

This season is different for Gomez in that he's not projected to be the full starter in center. He showed some good pop last year and there's a lot of reason to believe that he could put up some career-best numbers if he is shielded from right-handers over the course of the year. Gomez isn't a guy who has a huge platoon split over the course of his career but he did hit lefties much better last year. It's hard to believe he's still only 26 and really just entering his prime years.

Nyjer Morgan

2010: .253/.319/.314, 577 PA

2011: .304/.357/.421, 429 PA

ZiPS: .266/.324/.353, 508 PA

RotoChamp: .281/.343/.378, 443 PA

I almost felt the need to post his 2009 season stats because they look a lot like his 2011 season stats. 2010 is really the anomaly here. As long as RRR doesn't get greedy and play him against lefties-- ever-- we should be in line for more quality production from Nyjer. 2011 shouldn't be seen as the anomaly here.

Jonathan Lucroy

2010: .253/.300/.329, 297 PA

2011: .265/.313/.391, 468 PA

ZiPS: .254/.313/.375, 530 PA

RotoChamp: .272/.323/.393, 446 PA

There's been steady improvement in years 1 and 2 for Lucroy and it would sure be nice to see him take another step forward in his age 25 season. His line from last season made him plenty valuable as a catcher, providing about league average production overall, which has plenty of value. He was never considered a top hitting prospect coming up but he put up some OBPs in the high .300s in his time in the minors, so there's room for hope.

Projection form after the jump.

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