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Saturday, January 19, 2013

2013 FANTASY BASEBALL CATCHER RANKINGS: V-MART ON THE WAY UP

FANTASY BASEBALL FINAL 2012 CATCHER RANKINGS

Victor Martinez is ready to rock and roll as the Detroit Tigers' everyday DH in 2013 and thus he instantly becomes the best value among all backstops heading into draft season.  The fact Martinez will play everyday and is just a full season removed from a .330 campaign, makes him one to target among almost every other catcher.  Even better is that Martinez is still only 34 and doesn't have nearly the tread on his tires that other catchers have due to his extensive time at 1B and DH.  Be aggressive here with Martinez as pure hitters such as him don't fall off greatly after extensive time away.


1.  Buster Posey:  No debate here.  Best hitting seaosn by a catcher since the fluky Joe Mauer 2008 campaign.  Retains first base eligibility.
2.  Carlos Santana:  Went backwards as his fly ball rate dropped big time and his average continued to be a liability.  Still Santana is very young and we already have seen how good he can be when comfortable at the dish as his 2010 numbers show you.
3.  Wilin Rosario:  We have a feeling we will be ranking the kid higher than most but no regrets here.  28 home runs and hitting .270 at the age of 24 in Colorado means the sky is the limit.
4.  Victor Martinez:  Love the value he can supply as many have forgotten about him and doubt his ability to return to form.  No concern here about that issue.
5.  Yadier Molina:  No way he duplicates his 2011 numbers as age is a concern.  Don't like the draft price this time around.
6.  Matt Wieters:  Average not reflective yet of how good he can be.  At least the 25 homers are there.
7.  Joe Mauer:  As long as you price him at 10 home runs with 80 RBI and a .315 average, we are good.  Just have a solid backup ready.
8.  Miguel Montero:  Always gives you what you expect.  We like him.
9.  Brian McCann:  Was just awful at times as he can't beat the shift which destroyed his average.  Forget that 30 home run season.
10.  Mike Napoli:  Told you he would go bust by his 2011 standards.  Average that season (.320) was as big an outlier as you get.
11.  Salvador Perez:  We can already tell you this is the guy we will tell you all to go after if you smartly wait on drafting a catcher.  He can hit .300 in his sleep which is rare for a catcher and his power already was showing up last season.  Screen of missing half of 2012 with a busted knee keeps his price down to a very nice number.
12. Jesus Montero:  Didn't give us the average we expected but Montero will only get better.  The hype has died down which makes him a nice investment with ceiling to tap into.
13. Chase D'Arnaud:  GM Sandy Alderson says door wide open to break camp with team.  Best hitting catcher in minors.
14. A.J. Pierzynski:  The chances of Pierzynski repeating his 2012 numbers are about as good as me marrying Mila Kunis.  At 36 years old the fall could be hard and swift.  Remember in 2010 and 2011 A.J. didn't even hit double-digits when it came to his home runs.
15. Ryan Doumit:  Very good comeback season by Doumit who retains catcher eligibility and will play everyday at DH when not behind the dish.  Another nice option to target in the middle part of your draft.
16. Jonathan Lucroy:  Average impressive and added some power last season.  Top catcher 2.
17. Carlos Ruiz:  Group Ruiz in with Pierzynski as guys who put up out of nowhere seasons at an ancient age.  While he will come cheaper than A.J. due to all the games missed with injury, don't even think of paying for last season's stats.
18. Alex Avila:  Injuries took a large chunk out of 2012 as well and his average came back down as we predicted off his fluke 2011 in that respect.  Could bounceback decent enough at a fraction of the cost from last season.
19. Yasmani Grandal:  The third of the trio we will go heavy after while addressing catcher later on.  Grandal is not the home run hitter he looked like when he was first called up but he could hit .300 with a nice amount of runs and decent enough power.  He profiles as another Salvador Perez.

THE REST

20. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
21. Russell Martin
22. A.J. Ellis
23. J.P. Arencibia
24. Derek Norris
25. Geovany Soto
26. Wilson Ramos
27. Ryan Lavarnway
28. Mike McKenry
29. Kurt Suzuki
31. Chris Iannetta
32. Ramon Hernandez

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