Cleveland decided to move Carlos Santana over to first base to keep him healthier towards the end of his career, which luckily allowed Gomes the chance to inherit the starting catcher spot for the Indians. Gomes was featured on thousands of cheat sheets due to the promotion and the 26-year-old received a good deal of attention around the web as well.
The Brazilian displayed his fantasy potential last season. Gomes recorded an impressive .294/.345/.481 slash line in 322 plate appearances and ended up being a fantasy monster down the stretch. Cleveland recognized the catcher’s skills by signing him to a six-year extension with the organization through the 2019 season.
Despite all the hype surrounding Gomes this spring, though, the backstop was ignored by many owners. He was shockingly drafted in under 20% (17.6%) of ESPN fantasy formats. Most owners chose to go after one of the aging veterans behind the plate instead of picking the youngster, and as a result, Gomes is still on the wire in nearly every fantasy format.
Gomes will mature into an everyday fantasy option this year and is absolutely worth adding in all formats. He is one of the most promising catchers in fantasy and won’t be on the waiver wire much longer, so don’t pass him by to hold onto the likes of Russell Martin or A.J. Pierzynski.