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Fantasy baseball player profiles: MLB - Catchers

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1 Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins
2 Victor Martinez, C, Detroit Tigers
3 Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves
4 Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
5 Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland Indians
6 Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs
7 Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland Athletics
8 Mike Napoli, C, Texas Rangers
9 Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
10 Jorge Posada, C, New York Yankees
11 Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles
12 Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies
13 John Buck, C, Florida Marlins
14 A.J. Pierzynski, C, Chicago White Sox
15 Miguel Olivo, C, Seattle Mariners
16 Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals
17 Russell Martin, C, New York Yankees
18 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Boston Red Sox
19 Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
20 Nick Hundley, C, San Diego Padres
21 Yorvit Torrealba, C, Texas Rangers
22 Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
23 Brayan Pena, C, Kansas City Royals
24 Rod Barajas, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
25 Chris Snyder, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
26 J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto Blue Jays
27 John Jaso, C, Tampa Bay Rays
28 Alex Avila, C, Detroit Tigers
29 Ramon Hernandez, C, Cincinnati Reds
30 Jonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee Brewers
31 Josh Thole, C, New York Mets
32 Ryan Hanigan, C, Cincinnati Reds
33 Jason Varitek, C, Boston Red Sox
34 Hank Conger, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
35 Jesus Montero, C, New York Yankees
36 Brian Schneider, C, Philadelphia Phillies

Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5647917912732.317.400.450.850

Joe Mauer C Minnesota Twins

Still counting on 20-plus HR from Joe Mauer? Don't. His '09 HR/FB luck was off the charts, and though his '10 correction was harsh, it went in the right direction. He'll still offer double digits, though, as he gives you top-level runs from a C and BA from well, anyone in the bigs. Watch news on his knee. He'll probably be the top C taken in most - if not all- places he's eligible, and you'll have to break the bank to get him.


Victor Martinez, C, Detroit Tigers
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5886818313830.311.363.446.809

Victor Martinez C Detroit Tigers

Victor Martinez put up a typical year despite missing about a month because of a broken thumb. It didn't hurt his lift (11 HR after returning). Even in walks drop, still posted an above-average BB/K and put up a career-high CT%. Park switch won't keep him from being a top-3 fantasy C. Everyday AB might give him the biggest positional payoff.


Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4705612329771.262.336.481.817

Brian McCann C Atlanta Braves

Brian McCann is helpfully stable, even with his recurring visual issues. Dipping CT trend makes BA vulnerable, but BB% bump adds optimism for a rebound there; don't get too excited, though. Be happy that FB, consistent HR/FB show power will stay. A top-3 C.


Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5086615421892.303.381.492.873

Buster Posey C San Francisco Giants

Buster Posey's power came around. He'll need to keep making the most of his flies, though. His high grounder rate casts some doubt on his ability to leave the park consistently. He made do under similar farm circumstances, but he had only 631 minor league at-bats, so there's risk of a drop-off as more tape comes out on him. Even if he doesn't match his power, his CT%, 2H improvements give him a well-rounded, polished base. Since his rookie contributions were huge, it's highly unlikely he'll exceed what you spend for him, but there's enough reason to bet he'll put up similar numbers.


Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland Indians
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5358014423794.269.372.469.841

Carlos Santana C Cleveland Indians

Carlos Santana's knowledge of the strike zone and plate discipline were evident before a knee injury knocked him out for the rest of the year. The upside here is great. A full season in the bigs should only help his already mature batting eye and power potential. He appears to be completely healthy heading into the season, but be careful not to put too much stock in him right away because of his inexperience.


Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
204264910281.240.325.441.766

Geovany Soto C Chicago Cubs

Geovany Soto's 20 HR potential would make him a top fantasy C by itself. His BA, however, comes and goes. It resurfaced big-time in 2010 with a LD rate to back up a big BABIP. Here we go again: Though he's expected to be ready for spring, shoulder surgery casts shadow over his power.


Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland Athletics
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
33929816352.239.291.348.639

Kurt Suzuki C Oakland Athletics

Last season was tough on Kurt Suzuki: He missed more than three weeks with an intercostals muscle strain in his ribcage. His grandfather, to whom he was very close, passed. To wrap, he endured a miserable slump after receiving an extension. Suzuki's downticks in production occurred around those times. Some folks who considered this skill set reliable have turned their backs on it. The 27-year-old plays more often than most C, so fatigue is a long-term concern. But Suzuki is healthy, the lineup around him has improved, and he gets more ABs than just about any other receiver. The signs point to a BA rebound and another 12-15 HR. Sold.


Mike Napoli, C, Texas Rangers
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4937912728901.258.361.505.866

Mike Napoli C Texas Rangers

It's becoming pretty clear, after the past two seasons, that Mike Napoli is a platoon hitter. Don't presume that his BA will rebound. You're paying for 20-plus homers from the C spot. That's still a worthwhile investment, as long as the price isn't strongly influenced by his 2010 line.


Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4665412514740.268.354.410.764

Miguel Montero C Arizona Diamondbacks

Montero recovered some of his power in an injury-shortened season. He still strugges vs. LHP, but after FB increase there's enough HR potential here that makes him an enticing option after the big names are gone. His BB/K was solid when healthy.


Jorge Posada, C, New York Yankees
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Jorge Posada C New York Yankees

Being NY's primary designated hitter will preserve aging but OBP-friendly Jorge Posada and keep his at-bats at a relatively attractive level among catchers. What's their value, though? His contact is dipping, and more of it is going into the ground. He relies strongly on his home park. Little injuries are piling up; maybe his recent minor knee surgery will linger. Repeating his '09? Pipe dream. But even in his decline, his ability to reach first in this offense makes him a nice fallback plan as a low-end No. 1 catcher value for those who wait or are stringent, as long as you keep on top of backup options during the season.


Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5196713124832.252.317.445.762

Matt Wieters C Baltimore Orioles

As disappointing as Matt Wieters' season was last year, there is reason to be optimistic that he can rebound. His BABIP was noticeably lower than his previous levels. An improvement in batting average is a good probability. His contact rate still remains solid - another reason to stick with this post-hype prospect. Wieters didn't spend a significant amount of time perfecting his skils in the minors, and his expectations may have been too lofty early on. With another season under his belt to mature offensively, the power numbers could creep back up.


Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
293377011372.239.365.396.761

Chris Iannetta C Colorado Rockies

Chris Iannetta's power didn't go away. The C job is his to lose. Solid BB/K, increasing CT% spell BA rebound, unless LD rate remains low. Regardless, a sleeper.


John Buck, C, Florida Marlins
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
20018437271.215.288.350.638

John Buck C Florida Marlins

HR aren't new for John Buck. A .281 BA is. His tanking BB/K, ridiculous BABIP, low LD rate don't support it. Plus, he goes to a worse hitter's park on a team that whiffs and whiffs and whiffs. HR are the only thing you can bank on. Some will overpay for last year. If he stays at his 2010 price, though, he's worth the gamble again.


A.J. Pierzynski, C, Chicago White Sox
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4634812414691.268.306.417.723

A.J. Pierzynski C Chicago White Sox

High contact rates have buoyed A.J. Pierzynski, who doesn't walk or K much. His uptick in GB might signal beginning of end for double-digit HR seasons - downturn in LD same for BA - but as long as he keeps receiving PT, he'll remain a settle option as a No. 2 mixed C.


Miguel Olivo, C, Seattle Mariners
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Miguel Olivo C Seattle Mariners

You should temper Miguel Olivo's HR drop-off by at least prospect of theory that C's hit power prime sometime in their early or mid-30s, although he may already be there. Distance figures suggest it's on the rise, though. 2009 is more likely an outlier, and his new home park doesn't provide much confidence. Likely BABIP correction confirms he's a streaky No. 2 mixed C.


Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4766114314714.300.348.464.812

Yadier Molina C St. Louis Cardinals

Yadier Molina's BA should regain some luck. His BABIP was low for a high LD rate. Count on that and AB from Molina. That's about it.


Russell Martin, C, New York Yankees
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
421489117576.216.315.382.697

Russell Martin C New York Yankees

Hip fracture, minor knee surgery place more doubt on his durability. On first glance, he looks like a more famous Francisco Cervelli, especially with high GB rate and lack of loft. Other possibilities at C might quell his opportunities if Martin struggles, but a top-notch batting eye, his new duds and Yankee Stadium support capitalizing on his bargain-bin mixed price. Oppo-field tendencies, meet short porch ... and meet a mixed No. 2 catcher whose upside outweighs the cost of replacing him.


Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Boston Red Sox
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
395469812522.248.312.423.735

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C Boston Red Sox

The DL stalled Jarrod Saltalamacchia again. This threat will hover over him until he proves he can stay healthy. Based on 2009, he made some hard contact and flashed power but still had poor plate discipline. There's ample faith with this pick, but he's in his age-26 season with three MLB seasons under his belt, and his basement price means growth is almost expected. At least his new team aids your confidence.


Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
3764610410562.277.339.426.765

Carlos Ruiz C Philadelphia Phillies

After a couple of seasons of positive BA signs, Ruiz delivered. Some of that likely resulted from some increased aggressiveness after the break. Ruiz tasted some success, so expect more of that approach, although he may not be quite as fortunate. No significant signs of power breakout, which wouldn't be extreme anyway. Remains a very solid player with tendency to incur minor injuries.


Nick Hundley, C, San Diego Padres
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
3764610410562.277.339.426.765

Nick Hundley C San Diego Padres

Nick Hundley could see a continued BA increase, thanks to rising CT% and LD%. Pop in slight jeopardy thanks to drop in GB/FB, but he still can offer 10-plus HR. His D will keep his AB stable.


Yorvit Torrealba, C, Texas Rangers
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Yorvit Torrealba C Texas Rangers

With Mike Napoli in tow, Yorvit Torrealba will see less time behind the dish. But if Michael Young is traded, Torrealba could see full-time duties. Still can mash in the right setting; heck, he had a good stretch for the Padres. His FB% dropping, but at least he goes to a better park.


Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
25027637310.252.317.404.721

Ryan Doumit C Pittsburgh Pirates

Ryan Doumit won't start but could find AB in OF or 1B - or for another team. Injuries have been a big part of his career, so that must be factored into your bid. LD% dip might be related to his dings, though, and CT% has been league average for 3 years despite its slow drop in that time. Health could aid BA rebound. FB% bump backs up still-present power. If you need a second C, he's worth a dice roll.


Brayan Pena, C, Kansas City Royals
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
21017575220.271.299.395.694

Brayan Pena C Kansas City Royals

Brayan Pena has already taken advantage of increased PT, batting .309 with 12 RBI in 86 at-bats after August. In the last 2 seasons, he posted high CT% - signs that point to promise. Plus, in a number of AB nearly equal to that of his 2009 campaign, his FB% rose more than 10 %. There's a lot to like here for a No. 2 C with low-end No. 1 ability.


Rod Barajas, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Rod Barajas C Los Angeles Dodgers

Rod Barajas' HR are his best contributions, but he doesn't offer anything else. You'll have to deal with his hurtful BA, which might not hold up if his CT% keeps dropping.


Chris Snyder, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Chris Snyder C Pittsburgh Pirates

Solid BB/K, but BABIP not good for rebound, thanks to low LD rate. Regular AB worth something, especially with his HR potential, but he's more of a fallback plan.


J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto Blue Jays
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
323346715440.207.247.387.634

J.P. Arencibia C Toronto Blue Jays

J.P. Arencibia showed his prospect status at AAA after undergoing LASIK surgery. HR upside safest part of his 2011 offering. BA skills show little sign of immediate growth. Live with the power and plan accordingly.


John Jaso, C, Tampa Bay Rays
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
33443896474.266.372.389.761

John Jaso C Tampa Bay Rays

If John Jaso leads off, he could be a big help as a mixed No. 2 C in this O. He has the BB/K, CT% and OBP profile to do it.


Alex Avila, C, Detroit Tigers
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
387469613561.248.343.408.751

Alex Avila C Detroit Tigers

Alex Avila made hard contact last year and is in line for a BA improvement. His power hasn't translated yet, but it rarely does for young C's. His slugging crawled back late in the season, so there's room for improvement there, too. AB not threatened yet.


Ramon Hernandez, C, Cincinnati Reds
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Ramon Hernandez

BABIP helped Ramon Hernandez a little - his LD% justified, but there isn't much thump left. He'll remain in a time split, and there are plenty of threats to his PT if he falters. A streaky mixed waiver wire pickup and a low-end NL option.


Jonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee Brewers
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Jonathan Lucroy C Milwaukee Brewers

Jonathan Lucroy's HR upside is limited in the short term. He profiles more as a candidate for a helpful, but possibly empty, BA. His LD% is crawling up, and his CT% is a positive sign for his clip. Maybe a No. 2 mixed C if he puts it all together, but you can wait on that development.


Josh Thole, C, New York Mets
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
12511291120.232.302.296.598

Josh Thole C New York Mets

Josh Thole's CT%, LD% should keep BA useful. HR not a safe bet, but prob will let him work things out in the lineup. Could wind up a second mixed C.


Ryan Hanigan, C, Cincinnati Reds
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
33029873300.264.355.336.691

Ryan Hanigan C Cincinnati Reds

C share worked last year for Ryan Hanigan. Superb BB/K, CT%, LD rates boost his offensive stock. BABIP was higher than normal but not out of his realm of possibility. FB uptick might point to HR growth, but it isn't bankable. Starter is old, and even with young C knocking, few low-end mixed C have Hanigan's BA profile.


Jason Varitek, C, Boston Red Sox
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Jason Varitek C Boston Red Sox

Jason Varitek still has power when he plays. That's about it. BB/K tumble accentuates his decline. On the bright side, BOS wouldn't hesitate to use him if their starting C lives up to his injury-prone history.


Hank Conger, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
33338849361.252.310.393.703

Hank Conger C Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Hank Conger is a promising young catching prospect and may provide more offensive upside than Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson. Mike Scioscia is loyal to Mathis because of his defensive prowess. Conger's solid walk rate and batter's eye make him an attractive catching option at the big league level. He demonstrated a knack for working the count in his short stint in the bigs last season, and with maturity, he could be a valuable BA contributor.


Jesus Montero, C, New York Yankees
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
24220647270.264.309.393.702

Jesus Montero C New York Yankees

Jesus Montero is a drool-inducing prospect bat that could be invaluable as a DH but has an uncertain MLB timetable. Alluring CT-power mix that has succeeded at every level he's entered. A recent C injury could open up time, but many are overbidding on Montero's arrival schedule. He probably needs more seasoning. If you need a 2nd C, he's worth a gamble.


Brian Schneider, C, Philadelphia Phillies
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Brian Schneider C Philadelphia Phillies

Injury-prone backup backstop isn't an exciting replacement in NL leagues, but he could be serviceable in that capacity because of his environment. Phillies can't always expect him to be available when Carlos Ruiz goes down, though.