Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015: Top 10 Catchers (C)
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Catchers in the 2015 Draft
March 10, 2015
This week, we’re kicking off the fantasy baseball draft season by checking out the top 10 names at each position. Today it’s time for catchers, and there’s no shortage of talent behind the plate this year. That said, let’s take a closer look at each of the top names and see what we should be expecting.
1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants: Posey is the consensus top pick at the catcher position, and it’s not too hard to see why. He’s coming off a 22-homer season, and he should be able to reach that 20-dinger threshold once again. He’ll also likely hit above .300 with 80 or so RBI.
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2. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers: Coming in behind Posey is Lucroy, who will offer less power, but still remain productive at the plate. He hit .301 last year and should be able to hold his BA above .290 with 15 homers, which is great for the C position.
3. Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds: Rounding out the consensus top three fantasy catchers this season is Mesoraco. He’s set to get a lot more playing time this season, and should improve on his 2014 numbers. With any luck, he’ll hit for 30 homers with a BA of around .260.
4. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals: We like Perez a little more than some people, but regardless he’s probably a top-5 or top-6 guy. He’ll get more starts at DH as opposed to catcher this year, which should help keep him fresh down the stretch. Look for around 20 homers and 85 RBI.
5. Evan Gattis, Houston Astros: Gattis is another consensus top-5 guy regardless of who you ask. Most people think he’ll take another step forward this year and should get in the neighborhood of 85 RBI and 30-something homers, provided he stays healthy. He’ll play in the outfield a little more this year, too.
6. Brian McCann, New York Yankees: McCann is another guy we like a little better than most people, but regardless you’ll find him in the top 10 on most boards. He had some ups and downs last year, but if you’re an optimist like us, put him in the 25-homer, 80-RBI range.
7. Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets: D’Arnaud is another one of those guys you’ll find some disagreement on among fantasy experts. We’ve got him ranked right about in the middle of where you’ll tend to find him. Many people think he’ll take a step forward this year, with around 20 homers, 65 RBI and a .265 average or so.
8. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals: Molina is coming off an injury-shortened season in 2014, so his first priority will be staying healthy. If he can do that, he should be good for 70 RBI and 15 homers with an average somewhere in the .280 range. There are a lot of “what-ifs” here, but they could pan out.
9. Miguel Montero, Chicago Cubs: Let’s slide on up to Wrigley and check out Montero, whom you’ll find a lot of dissention on. The Cubbies’ new backstop is integral to their plans on reigniting their team this season, and if he can get his RBI up in the 85-range with 15-20 homers and a .260 average, he’ll be doing great. Nice value here for optimists.
10. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles: We’ve got Wieters a little higher than some places, but think he can pan out if he puts it together in 2015 (and stays healthy). He’s got the potential to hit 20 homers and 70 RBI, but keep in mind you’re taking something of a health and production risk by relying too heavily on him. He’s a feast-or-famine pick this year.
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