Monday, February 4, 2013

Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings

Last year the Catcher position provided very little help for fantasy owners.  Buster Posey proved his knee was not an issue and dominated the position hitting 39 doubles, 24 homers and driving in over 100 runs.  A.J. Pierzynski continued to produce even at the age of 35.  Now playing in Texas, the warm weather should help him continue keep pace with the young group of backstops.  Fantasy newcomers Wilin Rosario and Salvador Perez give owners some nice new options in this years draft.  Outside of Posey and Joe Mauer (who you can argue against) you should not be looking for a catcher in the first three or four rounds.  Carlos Santana was last seasons #3 catcher and he was not even top 100 overall!

* - New Team
** - Sleeper

Same Face, New Place - Infielders
Who Would You Rather Have? Carlos Santana or Miguel Montero?

1.) Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
2.) Joe Mauer - Minnesota Twins
3.) Miguel Montero - Arizona Diamondbacks
4.) Carlos Santana - Cleveland Indians


  • Santana will be a key piece of the Tribe’s offensive success this season. An important element to remember in his fantasy contribution is that the Indians want to keep him fresh and in the lineup, so he will play a number of his games at first base--which keeps him in YOUR lineup. Despite only hitting .252, he still hit 18 home runs with 76 RBI. If he can bump that average up with additional plate maturity, look out. - @RDevinHughes
 
5.) Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals


6.) Victor Martinez - Detroit Tigers
  • V-Mart will be my #3 ranked catcher going into the draft, behind Yadier Molina and Posey. V-Mart brings a career .303/.370/.469 batting line to the table while averaging 14 HRs, 74 RBIs and 58 Runs. I fully expect V-Mart to embrace his role in one of the best offenses in the American League in 2013, and look very similar to his career averages. If you can grab V-Mart in the 7th round, I’d hop on it.  - @Jewish_Jeff
7.) Jesus Montero - Seattle Mariners
  • Same note as Carlos Santana--seeing at bats at DH will keep Montero in your starting lineup and producing. A casual glance at Montero’s 2012 numbers might not impress you, but note that he had a .768 OPS on the road compared to .657 at home. Now remember that Safeco Field is expected to be more hitter-friendly this year with the moved-in fences, and you can expect that Montero’s home numbers will cease to drag down his value, which could make him a bigger producer than you might expect in 2013. - @RDevinHughes
 
8.) Matt Wieters - Baltimore Orioles
  • Matt Wieters finally became a household name last year after the Orioles surprised the world and made the playoffs. Wieters hit 23 home runs and drove in 83 runs but only hit .249. He is getting better each year offensively and at just 26 Wieters is entering his prime. In 2011 Wieters hit .262 but I believe he can hit closer to .275. If he's able to do that in 2013 then we might see a catcher other than Buster Posey driving in 100 runs. - @Mike_WeTalkFS
9.) Wilin Rosario - Colorado Rockies
  • Man oh man did Rosario burst onto the fantasy baseball scene last year.  My favorite thing about his season is that he split his 28 home runs evenly over the course of the season (14 pre/post all-star) yet he managed to hit .291 in the second half.  The 23 year old Dominican is sure to lead all catchers in home runs again, and with another 100 ABs this year he might even crack 90 RBI.  - @WeTlkFntsySprts
10.) Brian McCann - Atlanta Braves
  • McCann is not expected to be ready for the start of the 2013 season as he is recovering from shoulder surgery. It'll be interesting to see if McCann can recover from a 2012 season filled with career lows in average .230, on base .300, and RBIs 67.  With the addition of BJ and Justin Upton, McCann should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs. The question is can he stay healthy enough to stay in the Braves lineup. - @Mike_WeTalkFS
11.) Alex Avila - Detroit Tigers
12.) Ryan Doumit - Minnesota Twins
Remember Doumit had career years in HR and RBI last year, while being shut down early due to injury. Look for a line of .277 18 HR, 81 RBI.- @BrettBarton_FBV
13.) A.J. Pierzynski * - Texas Rangers
14.) Carlos Ruiz - Philadelphia Phillies
  • 25 game suspension
    • Still interested in drafted Chooch as your every day catcher? Go ahead, but make sure you use your last pick on Erik Kratz.  Advanced Fantasy Baseball has this to say about him:
He was scheduled to spend 2013 in the majors as a back-up but thanks to Carlos Ruiz getting himself suspended, Kratz figures to get an extra month of starter at-bats.  He should be more than worth his purchase price.
15.) Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals


  • As you delve into the mid-range level of catchers, I see a lot of guys who will put up OK numbers by catcher standards, but not move the needle much on a fantasy team. Perez has the upside to make him the exception. He hit .301/.328/.471 last season, belting 11 home runs in 289 at-bats. As he improves with experience, and hopefully with a full season under his belt, a .300 average and 15-20 home runs is possible. - @RDevinHughes
 
16.) J.P. Arencibia - Toronto Blue Jays
17.) Jonathan Lucroy - Milwaukee Brewers
  • Catchers are tough to really get excited for in fantasy, since there are very too few who will actually contribute to helping your team win. Aside from Posey, V-Mart and Molina, the only other catcher I like as a guy that I’ll target inside the top twelve rounds will be Lucroy. Lucroy brings a helpful batting average, especially in comparison to the rest of the crop of catchers out there, with an equally helpful OPS. Lucroy is slated to bat fifth for the Brew Crew in ’13 behind Braun and Aramis Ramirez, and therefore will have plenty of RBI opportunities. He’s not a big power guy, but the trade off is the high percentages he brings from the catching position, while still hitting 10-15 homers. The key to Lucroy will be where you draft him. I recommend scooping him if he’s there right around the 12th round. - @Jewish_Jeff
18.) A.J. Ellis - Los Angeles Dodgers
19.) Ryan Hanigan - Cincinnati Reds
20.) Chris Iannetta - Los Angeles Angels
21.) Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Boston Red Sox
22.) Kurt Suzuki - Washington Nationals
23.) Russell Martin * - Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Martin will see a huge decrease in offensive power numbers in 2013 as he goes from the Yankees to the Pirates. Not only is the Pirates lineup not nearly as powerful as the Yankees, but he also doesn't have the privilege of playing at Yankee Stadium with the short porches. His 21 homers as a Yankee will probably be around 12-15 next year and if he hits .211 again then his 53 RBIs will be closer to 45. - @Mike_WeTalkFS
24.) Welington Castillo - Chicago Cubs
25.) David Ross - Boston Red Sox
26.) John Buck * - New York Mets
27.) Chris Stewart - New York Yankees
28.) Tyler Flowers ** - Chicago White Sox
C Tyler Flowers is now the No. 1 catcher in the wake of veteran C A.J. Pierzynski signing with Texas, and the Sox have spent the last month talking up the positives of having Flowers start.  I definite feel Flowers will out produce the 10 catchers being drafted ahead of him like Salty, Martin, Jaso, Suzuki, Castillo, Grandal, Ramos ect.  Look for a slash line of 21HR 60RBI .245BA. - @BrettBarton_FBV
29.) John Jaso * - Oakland Athletics
30.) Nick Hundley - San Diego Padres
31.) Geovany Soto - Texas Rangers
32.) Jason Castro - Houston Astros
33.) Rob Brantley - Miami Marlins
34.) Devin Mesoraco - Cincinnati Reds
35.) Yan Gomes * - Cleveland Indians
36.) Derek Norris - Oakland Athletics
37.) Francisco Cervelli - New York Yankees
38.) Martin Maldonado - Milwaukee Brewers
39.) Lou Marson - Cleveland Indians
40.) Steve Clevenger - Chicago Cubs
41.) Carlos Corporan - Houston Astros
42.) Michael McKenry - Pittsburgh Pirates
43.) Jose Molina - Tampa Bay Rays
44.) Wilson Ramos - Washington Nationals
45.) Jose Lobaton - Tampa Bay Rays

Dont' forget these guys!
Travis d'Arnaud - Mets prospect catcher
Yasmani Grandal - Padres catcher suspended for 50 games

Stats from last season:
  • Just 9 catchers hit 20+ home runs
    • Wilin Rosario led with 28 in just 396 ABs
  • Just 4 catchers hit 30+ doubles
    • 8 others hit at least 20
  • Matt Weiters, Yadier Molina and Buster Posey were the only catchers to hit 20 2B & 20 HR
  • Just 4 catchers drove in 80+ runs
    • Buster Posey led with 103
      • 5 others had at least 70 RBI
  • 9 catchers struck out at least 100 times
    • 5 others struck out 95+ times
Of catchers with at least 300 at bats:
  • 8 catchers hit .275 or better
    • But 5 of them hit over .300
  • 10 catchers had OBP of at least .350
  • 9 catchers had .450+ SLG
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