Kendall Wright was fantastic in a college spread offense, but can he produce when his surroundings aren't quite so advantageous?
It must be uncomfortable for Wright to deal with that question again and again. As a pre-season supporter of Chris Iannetta, I know the feeling.
Iannetta's 2011 wasn't particularly successful, even while hitting in one of the friendliest environments in the big leagues. Most predictors expected his journey to the American League to make things even worse. Yet somehow, moving from Colorado to Anaheim, one of the stingiest parks for offense, has sparked a renaissance.
As usual, Iannetta is posting a strong walk rate, and as of Wednesday, five of his eight hits on the season had gone for extra bases.
In a 10-team league, there's a very clear line between the elite and the ordinary at catcher. After the top seven or eight guys, the remaining options are completely interchangeable.
If your current starting backstop has a batting average that reads like an interstate highway (that means you, J.P. Arencibia, Russell Martin and Kurt Suzuki), grab Iannetta and ride the hot hand.