Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Top 10 Catchers
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Catchers in the 2014 Draft
February 16, 2014
Now that we’ve entered the early stages of the 2014 fantasy baseball draft season, it’s time to start taking a closer look at each position to try and figure out the good names to target. With that in mind, today we’re examining catchers. It’s important to find some good balance in your backstop, and you’ll also want a durable player who will be out there during the majority of the season. Here are our picks for the top 10 at catcher, and what you need to know about each guy.
1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: Mauer seems to be the consensus top pick for catchers, but that comes with an asterisk. The Twins have indicated that they’ll be moving him to 1B this season (thanks to his concussion) so he might not even be listed at C in your league. Keep that in mind.
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2. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians: Santana should gain some multi-positional eligibility himself in the upcoming campaign, as he’s been working at 3B this off-season. Stats-wise, he should give you over 20 homers and high-70s in runs and RBI. A solid pickup all around.
3. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants: We wouldn’t blame you for sliding Posey above Santana; they’re reasonably close. Posey should provide fewer homers, but will likely nab a higher BA (around .300) and RBI (mid-80s) totals this season.
4. Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies: We like Rosario more than most, so you’ll find him ranked higher here than most places. Still, he’s got the potential for high-20s homers and high-70s RBI, not to mention a 290-ish BA. If you find yourself reaching here, don’t feel bad.
5. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers: We haven’t heard too much out of Lucroy this off-season, which can only be a good thing. You won’t get quite as much power here (mid-to-high-teens homers), but he should be solid everywhere else. Look for RBI in the 80s with a .280 or so BA. He’ll also nab a handful of steals, which is icing.
6. Brian McCann, New York Yankees: McCann is ranked pretty high here--and a lot of other places--based mostly on potential. His shiny new contract in New York will bring a lot of expectations along, and if he can play up to those expectations he’s a top-6 fantasy name. We see around 25 homers and an RBI total in the high 70s.
7. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals: We’ve seen Molina ranked a lot higher than this (top four in some places) so don’t be surprised if he’s gone before you can get him at seven. He’s a very consistent hitter (should have at least a .300 BA) and will deliver solid stats all year long. If you like Molina, go ahead and rank him a few slots higher--no one will bat an eye.
8. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals: We like Perez a lot, and had to stop ourselves from ranking him much higher than this. The three-year vet played some winter ball this off-season, which should help him hit the year in stride. Perez will hit mid-teens homers and flirt with a .300 BA. His RBI totals could hit the 80s if all goes well. A great pickup here.
9. Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals: Ramos missed some time last year, so his stats suffered quite a bit. We should see a bounce-back campaign in 2014, however. If he can stay healthy, he’ll get into the high 60s in RBI with high-teens homers and a .275-ish BA. Pretty decent stats for a lower-end starting catcher.
10. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles: We were pretty high on Wieters last season, but he ended up as something of a disappointment (.235 BA, specifically). If he can get that up to at least .250, his other numbers should come through as well. You’ll see mid-20s homers and 80-something RBI from Wieters if all goes according to plan.
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