Fantasy Baseball – Back to Earth Catchers

Mar 6, 2009

Here’s a look at a couple of Catchers who could have a hard time matching their 2008 production.

bengie-molina
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).

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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.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    March 6th, 2009 at 11:50 am #

    Sorry Ryan, I have to disagree a little bit. While the average may come down, I think the power very much is for real and expect him to take a step forward, actually. My projection had him for 19 HR with 78 RBI. Hey, someone has to drive in runs in that Pittsburgh offense besides Adam LaRoche, right?

  2. LestersLegends
    March 6th, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    Not necessarily. They don’t have to score a lot of Runs. You’re probably right, but he won’t be the 4th most productive catcher this year.

  3. Rotoprofessor
    March 6th, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    I’m not so sure. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him end up in the Top 5 again. You have Soto, Mauer & McCann who will be the top 3. After that, it’s extremely wide open in my book.

  4. LestersLegends
    March 6th, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    Russell. Victor Martinez. I hear you though.

  5. Matthew Storey
    March 9th, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    I like Doumit, I think he has a chance to move forward again this season. He looks very, very good at the plate (as does McClouth in CF for PITT). They have a chance to both be productive, but when you look at this team – they traded away Nady (25/97) and Bay (31/101) who would have completed one of the most impressive NL outfields and have left those corner spots completely BARE. Unless they have some kids growing into those slots, the lineup is going to die with LF and RF lack of production and that may be the killer for Doumit RBI.

  6. LestersLegends
    March 9th, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    it’s tough when you lose talent like that.

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