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Brian’s Top 20 Catcher Rankings and Projections for ’11


"Well played, Mauer."

In 2010, catcher wasn’t a sexy position. It’s not too different in 2011, either. Sure, two new studs have been thrown into the mix (Posey and Santana), but I still have my reservations about both the youngsters. I’m one of the few fantasy players who employs the rule “show it to me twice.” I’m expecting pitchers to make the adjustments to Posey, and a typical sophomore slip might be on the horizon. Remember, when he was promoted last year, he wasn’t know as a great power hitter. The home runs were a surprise at first.

My advice with catchers is if you don’t draft one of the top-five or six, you’re better off not wasting an early pick just to fill that spot. The difference between Matt Weiters and Miguel Olivo isn’t the Grand Canyon. And in a ten team league that only requires one catcher spot, half these guys are irrelevant, at least for the draft. There are four tiers for catchers with roughly five in each tier.

1. Joe Mauer- 90, 14, 80, 3, .320

2. Brian McCann- 65, 26, 90, 5, .280

3. Victor Martinez- 60, 17, 80, 1, .295

4. Buster Posey- 70, 19, 78, 1, .285

5. Mike Napoli- 65, 23, 70, 5, .250

6. Carlos Santana- 60, 15, 70, 4, .270

7. Matt Wieters- 60, 12, 60, 1, .260

8. Geovany Soto- 57, 15, 65, 1, .270

9. Jorge Posada- 50, 18, 62, 2, .265

10. Miguel Montero- 70, 12, 59, 1, .271

11. Kurt Suzuki- 61, 15, 70, 5, .255

12. Ryan Doumit- 60, 15, 56, 2, .277

13. A.J. Pierzynski- 55, 11, 50, 3, .280

14. Carlos Ruiz- 49, 10, 55, 1, .283

15. Miguel Olivo- 55, 14, 54, 5, .259

16. Yadier Molina- 38, 4, 59, 5, .275

17. J.P. Arencibia- 35, 9, 45, 1, .260

18. Chris Iannetta- 45, 13, 47, 1, .248

19. John Jaso- 50, 5, 50, 3, .250

20. John Buck- 45, 12, 50, 1, .251

 

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4 thoughts on “Brian’s Top 20 Catcher Rankings and Projections for ’11

    • rotobrian says:

      I do have him ranked pretty high. He’s going to be surrounded by better hitters, in a hitters ballpark, and he’ll probably get to play more now that he’s escaped Mike Scioscia’s unhealthy love affair with Jeff Mathis. It’s entirely possible Santana and Weiters have better numbers than Napoli by the end of the season, but Santana is coming off that horrible knee injury and Weiters looks like a fish out of water.

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