Fantasy Baseball – Back to Earth Catchers
Here’s a look at a couple of Catchers who could have a hard time matching their 2008 production.
Bengie Molina - Bengie had 95 RBIs last year. Since 2004 Victor Martinez (108 in 2004 & 114 in 2007) is the only Catcher to drive in that many runs. Molina also played a career high 145 games last year. I don’t see him catching as often this year, which would reduce his career highs of 155 Hits and 33 Doubles. I still think he’ll be one of the best Catchers in the league, but I expect him to be closer to his 2007 numbers (137 Hits, 19 Doubles, 81 RBI).
Ryan Doumit – Doumit broke out last year hitting .318 with 71 R, 137 H, 34 Doubles, 15 HRs, and 69 RBI in 116 games for the Pirates. In 2007 he hit .274 with 33 R, 69 H, 19 Doubles, 9 HRs, and 32 RBI in 83 games. That’s quite a jump in production. According to the Yahoo rankings, he was the fourth most productive Catcher last year. I think he’ll have a hard time replicating that performance. I see him hitting .285 with 65 R, 130 H, 30 Doubles, 15 HRs, and 60 RBI.