Working the Wire: Colorado Rockies Catcher Chris Iannetta

Andrew SwansonContributor IIApril 8, 2011

DENVER, CO - APRIL 02:  Catcher Chris Iannetta #20 of the Colorado Rockies and relief pitcher Huston Street #16 of the Colorado Rockies return to the mound after Street gave up an RBI single to Ryan Roberts #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning at Coors Field on April 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Street earned a save as the Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 3-1.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Colorado Rockies are the overwhelming favorite of baseball writers to win the 2011 NL West crown.  With a collection of young players who possess an excellent combination of speed and power, the Rockies will certainly score a bunch of runs this year. Despite an excellent offense, the club will need a solid performance from their pitching staff to dethrone the defending champion San Francisco Giants

The man responsible for catching the aforementioned pitching staff is Chris Iannetta, a six-year veteran who is coming off his worst year as a professional, batting a meager .197 over 60 games in 2010.  Iannetta appeared on track to become a star for the Rockies after mashing 18 home runs in 2005, however four seasons of poor plate discipline and lackluster production forced a demotion to AAA last season. 

After hitting rock bottom and with perhaps his final chance to win the starting catcher position with the club, Iannetta appears to be ready for a breakout season in 2011.  Through the first three games of the season, Iannetta is batting .444 with three extra base hits in his first nine at-bats.  With a full season batting in the potent Rockie line up, Iannetta may be an excellent fantasy catcher in deep mixed and NL only leagues.

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