Saturday, August 23, 2008

2009 Fantasy Baseball Catchers Rankings

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Update: 1/30/09
I switched around my top 4 rankings here. I'm still a fan of a .320+ Joe Mauer but I think Brian McCann at 24 years old has a lot more upside and the power while still having the ability to hit .300. So it now goes......

2009 Mixed League Catchers Rankings

Brian McCann, ATL - He's only 24!!! .300/25/100 projected and could realistically be your #1 catcher in 2009
Russell Martin, LAD - He could have 3B eligibility which is awesome, expecting .290/20-25/90/10 with a bit more upside
Joe Mauer, MIN - Mauer could be #1 for the .300+BA/100R potential, I don't think Mauer will produce the big power we want
Geovany Soto, CHC - 25+HR power and a .280+BA would be sweet from Soto in 2009 with potential for more
Victor Martinez, CLE - Should bounce back to .300/20/100 type numbers after an injury-plagued 2008
Ryan Doumit, PIT - Nice break out in '08 but lineup stinks, still better than most on the board anyway with .300/20+ upside

Bengie Molina, SF - SF making an effort to sign some players but molina ia a lock for .280/20
Matt Wieters, BAL - Tore up the minors last year, could be a .300/20+/100 type eventually, grab as a keeper
Chris Ianetta, COL - Nice young player with .300/20+ potential in Coors, still unproven though
Kelly Shoppach, CLE - If V-Mart moves top 1B, Shoppach has 25+HR upside
Yadier Molina, STL - An injury risk but can hit .300+ and never strikes out!

Jorge Posada, NYY - May only get about 100-125 games behind the plate, so who knows how many AB's, expect at least 400

Dioner Navarro, TB - The jury is still out as to whether or not Navarro is for real or not, not much power but .280+ BA potential
Kurt Suzuki, OAK - See Dioner Navarro but with OBP skills and more upside
Jeff Clement, SEA - Could easily be a star, 20+HR power but K's way too much
Mike Napoli, LAA - 20+HR power but low BA
Taylor Teagarden, TEX - Penciled in as the starter, has .300+ potential with some power, grab as a keeper
Max Ramirez, TEX - Tore up AAA last season, has .300/20+ potential, he's reminds me of a Geovany Soto type
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, TEX - Same as Clement but we're still waiting, an injury risk
A.J. Pierzynski, CWS - a solid AL only option or #2 in mixed leagues, always ends up on the wire at some point though

Ramon Hernandez, BAL - Matt Weiters looks for real in BAL so Hernandez could be elsewhere in 2009, waiver wire material
Gerald Laird, DET - Now with a full-time job in Detroit, if healthy, could be a .280/15/70 hitter
Ivan Rodriguez, FA - Depends where he ends up but he could be a .280/10/60 guy and a solid second catcher
Chris Snyder, ARI - D-Backs trying to trade Montero, so more AB's for Snyder means 20+HR potential but w/a low BA
Jesus Flores, WAS - Might be able to sustain a .280+ BA
Carlos Ruiz, PHI - Not much of a hitter but could slightly increase numbers in 2009, there is upside here as a 2nd catcher
J.R. Towles, HOU - Has BA & OBP potential if he can get himself back on track, still young with upside
Angel Salome, MIL - Top minor league hitting catcher could push Jason kendall by mid-season.
Brandon Inge, DET - Has 15+HR power but an even lower BA potential than Napoli
Jason Varitek, BOS - Could bounce back a bit after a horrible season, so .275/15/75 is possible
John Baker, FLA - Not proven, sported a low BA in 2008, leave for NL Only or the waiver wire

Lou Palmisano, HOU - If Towles doesn't get it done, he'll open the door for this guy who has 15+ HR powerJason Kendall, MIL - Good real life player but un-useful in fantasy
Jeff Mathis, LAA - Has some potential in AL Only if Napoli gets hurt

Miguel Montero, ARI - If the D-Backs trade him, could be a starter somewhere with .280/15+ potential
John Buck, KC - Has 15+HR power
Jose Molina, NYY - Not much o a hitter but will start 40-60 games so he might be a low end AL only guy

The rest of this list is reserved for AL or NL Only leagues and none hold any real fantasy value at this point
Miguel Olivo

Gregg Zaun
Ramon Castro
Yorvit Torrealba
Paul Lo Duca

Paul Bako
Kenji Johjima
Rod Barajas
Mike Rivera
Brian Schneider
Javier Valentin
Josh Bard

Nick Hundley
Luke Carlin
Mike Redmond
Jason LaRue

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