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Ryan Hanigan starts strong

Finding a second catcher in leagues that start two catchers is never easy. The key is finding someone who won't derail your average. I mentioned Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan in yesterday's column as someone to keep an eye on.

Hanigan has an excellent eye at the plate. He walked 33 times and struck out 21 times in 203 at-bats over 70 games last season. He splits time with Ramon Hernandez and that made owners skip over him in drafts.

It remains to be seen how much playing time he gets, but he started two of the first three games and hit two home runs yesterday. He hit .300 with a .405 on-base percentage last season. On many other teams he would start. Hanigan hasn't shown much power, but he will hit for a good average and helps in OBP leagues.

If you have a liability at second catcher, consider Hanigan. He might only get 250 at-bats, but he will productive in those at-bats. If Hernandez goes to the disabled list, Hanigan is an add in all leagues.


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