Originally posted on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 1/30/13
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** - Sleeper1.) Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants2.) Joe Mauer - Minnesota Twins3.) Miguel Montero - Arizona Diamondbacks4.) 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 Cardinals6.) Victor Martinez - Detroit TigersV-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_Jeff7.) 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 Orioles9.) Wilin Rosario - Colorado RockiesMan 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.  - @WeTlkFntsySprts10.) Brian McCann - Atlanta Braves11.) Alex Avila - Detroit Tigers12.) Ryan Doumit - Minnesota Twins13.) A.J. Pierzynski * - Texas Rangers14.) Carlos Ruiz - Philadelphia Phillies25 game suspensionStill 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 Jays17.) Jonathan Lucroy - Milwaukee BrewersCatchers 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_Jeff18.) A.J. Ellis - Los Angeles Dodgers19.) Ryan Hanigan - Cincinnati Reds20.) Chris Iannetta - Los Angeles Angels21.) Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Boston Red Sox22.) Kurt Suzuki - Washington Nationals23.) Russell Martin * - Pittsburgh Pirates24.) Welington Castillo - Chicago Cubs25.) David Ross - Boston Red Sox26.) John Buck * - New York Mets27.) Chris Stewart - New York Yankees28.) Tyler Flowers ** - Chicago White Sox29.) John Jaso * - Oakland Athletics30.) Nick Hundley - San Diego Padres31.) Geovany Soto - Texas Rangers32.) Jason Castro - Houston Astros33.) Rob Brantley - Miami Marlins34.) Devin Mesoraco - Cincinnati Reds35.) Yan Gomes * - Cleveland Indians36.) Derek Norris - Oakland Athletics37.) Francisco Cervelli - New York Yankees38.) Martin Maldonado - Milwaukee Brewers39.) Lou Marson - Cleveland Indians40.) Steve Clevenger - Chicago Cubs41.) Carlos Corporan - Houston Astros42.) Michael McKenry - Pittsburgh Pirates43.) Jose Molina - Tampa Bay Rays44.) Wilson Ramos - Washington Nationals45.) Jose Lobaton - Tampa Bay RaysDont' forget these names!Travis d'Arnaud - Mets prospect catcherYasmani Grandal - Padres catcher suspended for 50 gamesStats from last season:Just 9 catchers hit 20+ home runsWilin Rosario led with 28 in just 396 ABsJust 4 catchers hit 30+ doubles8 others hit at least 20Matt Weiters, Yadier Molina and Buster Posey were the only catchers to hit 20 2B & 20 HRJust 4 catchers drove in 80+ runsBuster Posey led with 1035 others had at least 70 RBI9 catchers struck out at least 100 times5 others struck out 95+ timesOf catchers with at least 300 at bats:8 catchers hit .275 or betterBut 5 of them hit over .30010 catchers had OBP of at least .3509 catchers had .450+ SLG
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