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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Catcher Rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Buster Posey hit .294 with 61 runs, 15 home runs and 72 RBI. He’ll be 27 and is a year removed from a .336-78-24-103-1 line. He should be among the leaders at catcher in average, runs, home runs and RBI.
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2. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Yadier Molina is best known for his defensive ability, but over the past three years he has hit .313 while averaging 62.7 runs, 16 home runs, 73.7 RBI and 6.3 stolen bases.
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3. Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies
Wilin Rosario has averaged 24.5 home runs and 75 RBI over the past two seasons. He narrowed the gap of his home-away splits last year as he posted a .817 OPS at home and a .785 mark on the road.
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4. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Jonathan Lucroy has hit .285 over the past three years while averaging 50 runs, 14 home runs, 66.3 RBI and five stolen bases. He doesn’t excel in any category, but he’s solid across the board.
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5. Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves
Evan Gattis slugged 21 home runs with 65 RBI last year. He’s a solid source of power at a reasonable value.
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6. Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals
Wilson Ramos hit .272 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI in 78 games. If he can stay healthy he should be able to put up big numbers. He had seven home runs and 26 RBI in September alone last year.
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7. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Montero hit just .230 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI. In his previous two seasons he averaged 16.5 home runs and 87 RBI. Montero is a decent bet to turn it around.
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8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Miami Marlins
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit .273 with 68 runs, 14 home runs, 65 RBI and four stolen bases. He’s a .246 hitter so the average will dip, but with 55 HRs over the past three seasons he can give you some pop.
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9. Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies
Carlos Ruiz hit .268 last year with five home runs and 37 RBI in 92 games. In 2012 he hit .325 with 16 HRs and 68 RBI. If he can land somewhere in the middle, he’ll be a solid NL-only fantasy catcher.
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10. Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets
Travis d’Arnaud is a highly touted prospect, but he struggled in his first taste of the big leagues hitting .202 with one home run and five RBI in 31 games. In 515 minor league games d’Arnaud has a .286 average and a .823 OPS.
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Joe Mauer Twins
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Catcher Rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Buster Posey
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Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Catcher Rankings.
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1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Buster Posey hit .294 with 61 runs, 15 home runs and 72 RBI. He’ll be 27 and is a year removed from a .336-78-24-103-1 line.
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2. 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.
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3. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Over the past three years Carlos Santana has averaged .253 with 77 runs, 21.7 home runs and 76.3 RBI. His power is enough to compensate for the batting average.
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4. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Yadier Molina is best known for his defensive ability, but over the past three years he has hit .313 while averaging 62.7 runs, 16 home runs, 73.7 RBI and 6.3 stolen bases.
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5. Brian McCann, New York Yankees
I think the movie 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 have the luxury of playing DH from time to time.
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6. Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies
Wilin Rosario has averaged 24.5 home runs and 75 RBI over the past two seasons. He narrowed the gap of his home-away splits last year as he posted a .817 OPS at home and a .785 mark on the road.
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7. 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.
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8. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Jonathan Lucroy has hit .284 over the past three years while averaging 50 runs, 14 home runs, 66.3 RBI and five stolen bases. He doesn’t excel in any category, but he’s solid across the board.
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9. 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.
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10. Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves
Evan Gattis slugged 21 home runs with 65 RBI last year. He’s a solid source of power at a reasonable value.
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Buster Posey
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Catcher Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Posey led the Majors with a .336 batting average. He led all catchers with 103 RBI. I’m not sure there is much he can’t do. Last year he finished with a .336-78-24-103-1 line.
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2. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks
Montero has back-to-back years hitting better than .280 with at least 15 home runs and 86 RBI. He’s been better in the second half the past two years so you’ll have to be a little patient.
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3. Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies
Rosario led all catchers last year with 28 home runs. His .270-67-28-71-4 line was impressive. His home and away splits (.957 OPS vs. .721) are a small cause for concern.
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4. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Molina has been a model of consistency, but blew up last year with a .315-65-22-76-12 line. Even if regression is likely, he should remain one of the league’s top catchers.
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5. Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
McCann hit at least 20 home runs for the fifth straight season, but struggled mightily with a .230 batting average. He’s a lifetime .279 hitter so I expect him to bounce back. He’ll miss the start of the year as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but he should be a pretty nice value.
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6. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Lucroy was limited to 96 games last year thanks to a broken hand, but he hit .320 with 46 runs, 16 home runs, 58 RBI and four stolen bases. His OPS, which was .881 last year, has improved each year.
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7. Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies
Ruiz put on a display last year turning in a .325-56-16-68-4 line. Unfortunately he got popped for taking performance-enhancing drugs so he’ll miss the first 25 games of the year. He’s a solid option once he returns, but you’ll have to make alternative plans early.
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8. Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets
He wont’ make an impact early, but d’Arnaud could finish the season as solid fantasy catcher option, particularly in NL-Only leagues. Last year he turned in a .333-45-16-52-1 line in 279 at-bats for Triple-A Las Vegas.
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9. Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates
Martin struggles with his batting average, but he is a decent source of home runs and stolen bases.
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10. A.J. Ellis, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ellis had a modest .270-44-13-52-0 line last year. He’s not going to carry you by any means, but at least his average isn’t a hindrance.
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Catcher Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Mauer doesn’t provide power. Deal with it. He hit .319 with 81 runs, which was the most among catchers. He only hit 10 home runs, but had 85 RBI and eight stolen bases. Four out of five categories isn’t bad.
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2. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
Wieters smacked 20-plus home runs for the second season in a row. He really took a leap forward with a career high 83 RBI.
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3. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Santana had a dip in his power, but still managed a very productive .252-72-18-76-3 line. He’s a solid bet to contribute in runs, home runs and RBI.
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4. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
Perez had an impressive .301-38-11-39-0 line despite being limited to 76 games. He has a bright future if he can stay healthy.
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5. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Napoli clubbed 20 home runs for the fifth straight year. His 2011 batting average was a fluke, but the power should be there in Boston. Napoli has a 1.107 lifetime OPS in Fenway Park.
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6. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Martinez won’t catch this year, but you can take advantage of his eligibility. He’s 34 and coming off an injury, but he brings a big bat to the table. Not to mention, he’s playing in a pretty potent offense with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
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7. Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners
Montero posted a decent .260-46-15-62-0 line. The numbers didn’t quite live up to the hype, but he’s just 23 and the Mariners shortened the outfield dimensions. Look for a jump in power.
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8. A.J. Pierzynski, Texas Rangers
A.J. had never reached the 20-HR plateau until he smacked 27 last year. That number is bound to go down, but he should still put up solid numbers for the Rangers.
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9. Ryan Doumit, Minnesota Twins
Doumit will play a fair share of catcher, but should see plenty of at bats as the primary designated hitter as well. He posted a solid .275-56-18-75-0 line. Staying healthy will be the key, and all of those at bats at DH should help his cause
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10. Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers
Avila had a huge drop from his 2011 season when he slugged 19 home runs and drove in 82 runs. He won’t return to that level, but he should top last year’s .243-42-9-48-2 line.
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 10 fantasy baseball catchers for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your catcher slot to address other positions.
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Ryan Doumit, Minnesota Twins
Doumit will play a fair share of catcher, but should see plenty of at bats as the primary designated hitter as well. He posted a solid .275-56-18-75-0 line. Staying healthy will be the key, and all of those at bats at DH should help his cause.
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Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Lucroy was limited to 96 games last year thanks to a broken hand, but he hit .320 with 46 runs, 16 home runs, 58 RBI and four stolen bases. His OPS, which was .881 last year, has improved each year.
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Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
McCann hit at least 20 home runs for the fifth straight season, but struggled mightily with a .230 batting average. He’s a lifetime .279 hitter so I expect him to bounce back. He’ll miss the start of the year as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but he should be a pretty nice value.
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Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners
Montero posted a decent .260-46-15-62-0 line. The numbers didn’t quite live up to the hype, but he’s just 23 and the Mariners shortened the outfield dimensions. Look for a jump in power.
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A.J. Pierzynski, Texas Rangers
A.J. had never reached the 20-HR plateau until he smacked 27 last year. That number is bound to go down, but he should still put up solid numbers for the Rangers.
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Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies
Ruiz put on a display last year turning in a .325-56-16-68-4 line. Unfortunately he got popped for taking performance-enhancing drugs so he’ll miss the first 25 games of the year. He’s a solid option once he returns, but you’ll have to make alternative plans early.
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Buster Posey
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Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends catcher Rankings.
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1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Posey led the Majors with a .336 batting average. He led all catchers with 103 RBI. I’m not sure much he can’t do. Finished with a .336-78-24-103-1 line.
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2. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Mauer doesn’t provide power. Deal with it. He hit .319 with 81 runs, which was the most among catchers. He only hit 10 home runs, but had 85 RBI and eight stolen bases. Four out of five categories isn’t bad.
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3. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks
Montero has back-to-back years hitting better than .280 with at least 15 home runs and 86 RBI. He’s been better in the second half the past two years so you’ll have to be a little patient.
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4. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
Wieters smacked 20-plus home runs for the second season in a row. He really took a leap forward with a career high 83 RBI.
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5. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Santana had a dip in his power, but still managed a very productive .252-72-18-76-3 line. He’s a solid bet to contribute in runs, home runs and RBI.
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6. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
Perez had an impressive .301-38-11-39-0 line despite being limited to 76 games. He has a bright future if he can stay healthy.
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7. Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies
Rosario led all catchers last year with 28 home runs. His .270-67-28-71-4 line was impressive. His home and away splits (.957 OPS vs. .721) are a small cause for concern.
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8. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Napoli clubbed 20 home runs for the fifth straight year. His 2011 batting average was a fluke, but the power should be there in Boston. Napoli has a 1.107 lifetime OPS in Fenway Park.
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9. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Martinez won’t catch this year, but you can take advantage of his eligibility. He’s 34 and coming off an injury, but he brings a big bat to the table. Not to mention, he’s playing in a pretty potent offense with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
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10. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Molina has been a model of consistency, but blew up last year with a .315-65-22-76-12 line. Even if regression is likely, he should remain one of the game’s top catchers.
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