Found November 03, 2011 on Baseball Professor:
Entering 2011, Miguel Montero was expected to be among the game’s top offensive catchers. He slumped a little in 2010, batting just .266 with nine home runs, but in 2009 he burst onto the fantasy scene with a .294 average and 16 homers. Those 16 bombs were good for ninth among all catchers that year and his .294 average trailed only Joe Mauer (.365), Victor Martinez (.303) and A.J. Pierzynski (.300). It’s not easy to find a catcher who can hit for both power and average, and that potential combination made Montero rather valuable. Sure enough, Montero finished 2011 as the fifth-ranked catcher hitting 18 home runs with a .282 average. No one should have been surprised at his success. Alex Avila‘s rise to prominence wasn’t quite as predictable. Avila finished the 2011 season as the third-ranked catcher with a .295 average, 19 homers and a great-for-a-catcher 82 RBI. Avila had shown glimpses of potential in his two prior seasons with the Tigers, hitting 12 home runs in 355 at-bats in ...

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