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Experience is a valuable part of baseball in countless ways, but when it comes to offensive production from the catching spot, the kids are all right. The Top 15 backstops on the Yahoo! staff fantasy rankings are 30 or younger. It's too early for most of them to land shaving commercials.
Today we look at two of the biggest names in the 20-something crowd, San Francisco's Buster Posey and Baltimore's Matt Wieters. When push comes to shove and you need some catching love, who rocks your world for 2012? As usual, the Yahoo! crew has a difference of opinion. Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski are here to sort it all out; please break the tie in the comments.
Behrens to Open: Just so we're clear from the start, I like Matt Wieters. He's a solid fantasy backstop, an outstanding real-life catcher, and, entering his age-26 season, he's a player coming into his prime years. Wieters delivered a useful stat line last season, and there's no reason to expect less from him in 2012. This kid has "Orioles' lone all-star representative" written all over him.
But here's the key fact in this debate: At the big league level, Buster Posey has simply been a better hitter than Wieters. Fantasy is a numbers game, and all the stats favor Posey. He's hit .294/.353/.452 over 160 games with San Francisco; Wieters has hit .265/.328/.415 in 365 games for Baltimore. Buster gets the clear edge in batting average, on-base skills and pop. He's also stolen three bags for the Giants, while Wieters has swiped one for the O's &mash; that's obviously not a significant difference, but at this point I'm just piling on. Posey, in a nutshell, has an advantage in every trait that should matter to fantasy owners. He's a year younger than Wieters, too.
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