Monday, February 3, 2014

2014 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings

Catchers continue to disappoint fantasy baseball owners.  Carlos Santana finished as the top backstop last season and is now the Cleveland Indians starting 3B.  The position is seeing a nice youth movement and will add Travis d'Arnaud, Mike Zunino and Josmil Pinto to the draft pool.  Joe Mauer will be playing 1st base this season and will be ranked amongst his peers.  Brian McCann will be wearing pinstripes this season and could see a nice spike in HR totals, thanks to the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium.  As it is every year, this is a position to not worry much about during fantasy drafts. 

Who Would You Rather Have? Jason Castro or Evan Gattis

Geovany Soto is out for 12 weeks so J.P. Arencibia will take over the everyday catching duties for the Texas Rangers
* - New Team
** - Sleeper
CatcherRank
Buster Posey - SF1
Wilin Rosario - COL2
Yadier Molina- StL3
Jonathan Lucroy - MIL4
Brian McCann *- NYY5
Salvador Perez - KC6
Matt Wieters - BAL7
Evan Gattis - ATL8
Wilson Ramos - WAS9
Jason Castro - HOU10
A.J. Pierzynski *- BOS11
Miguel Montero - ARI12
Jarrod Saltalamacchia *- MIA13
Yan Gomes - CLE14
Alex Avila - DET15
Russell Martin - PIT16
Travis d'Arnaud - NYM17
Devin Mesoraco **- CIN18
J.P. Arencibia - TEX19
Carlos Ruiz - PHI20
Mike Zunino - SEA21
Josmil Pinto **- MIN22
Yasmani Grandal - SD23
Welington Castillo - ChC24
Dioner Navarro - TOR25

Kurt Suzuki will start at catcher for the Minnesota Twins, but Pinto will end the season with more ABs!  The White Sox platoon of Tyler Flowers and Josh Phegley will leave them to AL only and two catcher leagues. 

Stats from Last Season

  • Just 33 catchers had at least 250 ABs
  • 11 struck out at least 100 times
  • Carlos Santana (98) was the only catcher to draw more than 68 walks
  • Jonathan Lucroy and Yadier Molina were the only catchers to knock in at least 80 runs
    • Matt Wieters, Salvador Perez, Wilin Rosario, Carlos Santana, Buster Posey and A.J. Pierzynski all had at least 70 RBI
  • Matt Wieters led all catchers with 22 home runs
    • Wilin Rosario, Evan Gattis, J.P. Aencibia, Carlos Santana and Brian McCann were the only other with at least 20 long balls
  • Yadier Molina's 44 doubles led all catchers
    • Jarrod Saltalamacchi was the only other catcher with 40 2Bs
  • Carlos Santana, Jason Castro and Joe Mauer each had at least 35
  • Joe Mauer and Yadier Molina were the only catchers to hit at least .300
    • Buster Posey, Yan Gomes, Salvador Perez, Wilin Rosario, Jonathan Lucroy and Jason Castro all .275 or better
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Fantasy Baseball Second Base Rankings
Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings
Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings
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