Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Catcher Rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Joe Mauer has catcher eligibility, but moving away from the position should keep him fresher. Mauer hit .324 last year with 62 runs, 11 home runs and 47 RBI. He doesn’t offer much pop in his bat, but he’s a lifetime .323 hitter.
2. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Over the past three years, Carlos Santana has hit 253 with an average of 77 runs, 21.7 home runs and 76.3 RBI. His power is enough to compensate for the batting average. Santana also has first base eligibility and could possibly gain third base eligibility during the season.
3. Brian McCann, New York Yankees
I think the move to Yankee Stadium will pay big dividends for Brian McCann. His average has slumped a bit in recent years, but the power is there. McCann has averaged 21.4 home runs and 79.8 RBI. He’ll also have the luxury of playing DH from time to time.
4. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
Salvador Perez posted a .292-48-13-79-0 line last year. He won’t provide big-time power, but he’ll deliver a quality average. Perez will turn 24 during the season and has a career .301 average.
5. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
Matt Wieters was once called “Mauer with Power”. With three straight years with at least 20 home runs, the power part is true. You’ll have to deal with a lifetime .255 hitter though. During that three-year stretch he’s averaging 66 runs 22.3 home runs and 76.7 RBI.
6. Jason Castro, Houston Astros
Jason Castro hit .276 with 63 runs, 18 home runs, 56 RBI and two stolen bases. He’s a lifetime .255 hitter, making him a regression risk on average, but he brings power to the table.
7. Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians
Yan Gomes hit .294 with 45 runs, 11 home runs, 38 RBI and two stolen bases in 88 games. He figures to get more games behind the dish with Santana out of the picture. Gomes should provide plenty of pop.
8. A.J. Pierzynski, Boston Red Sox
A.J. Pierzynski is a .283 lifetime hitter that has combined for 44 home runs over the past two seasons. He has a career average of .322 at Fenway Park.
9. Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers
Alex Avila has averaged 13 home runs and 59 RBI in 119.7 games per season over the past three years. He’s a .254 career hitter so temper your expectations, but he could give you decent power numbers.
10. Dioner Navarro, Toronto Blue Jays
Dioner Navarro hit .300 with 13 home runs in 89 games for the Cubs last year. In the four seasons in which he played at least 89 games, Navarro averaged 9.3 home runs and 41 RBI. Playing home games at the Rogers Centre should help his power numbers.
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