Pete’s MLB Fantasy Picks: Catcher

Pete’s Picks

The top catcher going into 2008 is a split between Cleveland‘s Victor Martinez, who also qualifies at 1B, and the Dodger‘s Russell Martin. Going strictly by the numbers, Martinez has a 3 point lead over Martin. Some other qualities to look at here is that Martinez, as was mentioned already, also qualifies at 1B. On the other hand, how many catchers can steal anything even close to 20 bases? Martin had 21 in 2007 with a 70% success rate. Not too shabby for a catcher, eh?

A close second to these two, based on his 2007 numbers, would be Yankee back stop Jorge Posada. The only question here is how much longer can he keep this up? He’s no spring chicken anymore! Whatever that means. 😉 Personnally, I don’t expect his 2008 numbers to be “AS” dog gone good as they were last year. But then again I thought that going into 2007 as well.

The next tier of catchers are the Brave‘s Brian McCann and the Twin‘s Joe Mauer, both could easily be in the top three if either of them can stay healthy in 2008. Both men struggled with nagging injuries last year and I’m betting that their numbers will be improved upon in 2008.

If you can get any one of these catchers, you’re doing alright for yourself as far as catchers go. Now lets look at a few of the above average catchers that will be taken after these 5 are long gone. Tops on this list is Boston‘s Jason Varitek, who, like Posada in NY, can’t keep this going for much longer in order to have first round Fantasy value. For now he’s still a solid choice in most leagues. Kenji Johjima of Seattle should be in the top 10 here for a few years at least (barring injuries). On the Posada and Varitek class comes the Giant’s Benji Molina and Pudge Rodriguez of the Tigers. Both should be ok in 2008, but to go beyond that might be a stretch offensively. Although if I had to choose one in 2009, I’d go with Pudge!

Some catchers who might be on their way up or that may classify as sleeper picks would be the PhilliesCarlos Ruiz, John Buck of KC, Josh Bard of the Padres and Ryan Doumit of the Pirates, that is if he sees enough time at that position in 2008 (he also qualifies in RF).

Going in the other direction, at least in my opinion, would be Brad Ausmus, A.J. Pierzynski of the White Sox, and Jason Kendall.

Others that are in no man’s land and they can go either way would likely to be Migel Olivo, Ronny Paulino of the Pirates, Ramon Hernandez of the Orioles and Gerald Laird of Texas.

**See the chart below to look at these and the rest of the lot’s 2007 stats!**

# NAME TEAM AVG OBP R HR RBI SB SO Rate DP% VORP Total
1 Victor Martinez CLE .301 .374 78 25 114 0 12% 14.2 55.0 217.301
2 Russell Martin LAN .293 .374 87 19 87 21 14% 13.9 46.1 214.293
3 Jorge Posada NYA .338 .426 91 20 90 2 17% 14.4 73.4 203.338
4 Brian McCann ATL .270 .320 51 18 92 0 13% 20.0 22.8 161.270
5 Jason Varitek BOS .255 .367 57 17 68 1 24% 9.7 23.4 143.255
6 Bengie Molina SFN .276 .298 38 19 81 0 10% 15.3 14.4 138.276
7 Joe Mauer MIN .292 .381 62 7 60 7 11% 13.5 30.2 136.292
8 Kenji Johjima SEA .287 .322 52 14 61 0 8% 19.1 22.2 127.287
9 Ivan Rodriguez DET .281 .294 50 11 63 2 19% 21.6 12.3 126.281
10 Ronny Paulino PIT .263 .314 56 11 55 2 16% 17.7 8.1 124.263
11 Miguel Olivo FLO .237 .262 43 16 60 3 26% 12.3 0.3 122.237
12 A.J. Pierzynski CHA .263 .309 54 14 50 1 13% 20.2 9.6 119.263
13 Ramon Hernandez BAL .258 .333 40 9 62 1 14% 12.0 8.4 112.258
14 Paul Lo Duca NYN .273 .312 46 9 54 2 7% 22.9 9.2 111.273
15 Gerald Laird TEX .224 .278 48 9 47 6 23% 6.0 -7.5 110.224
16 Carlos Ruiz* PHI .259 .340 42 6 54 6 11% 18.8 13.0 108.259
17 John Buck KCA .222 .308 41 18 48 0 23% 15.5 7.8 107.222
18 Gregg Zaun TOR .242 .341 43 10 52 0 14% 10.6 12.5 105.242
19 Johnny Estrada MIL .278 .296 40 10 54 0 9% 22.5 7.7 104.278
20 Yorvit Torrealba COL .255 .323 47 8 47 2 16% 24.4 4.6 104.255
21 Dioner Navarro TBA .227 .286 46 9 44 3 15% 16.7 -4.0 102.227
22 Josh Bard SDN .285 .364 42 5 51 0 13% 18.8 22.5 98.285
23 Chris Snyder ARI .252 .342 37 13 47 0 18% 14.1 14.1 97.252
24 Brian Schneider WAS .235 .326 33 6 54 0 12% 16.9 2.4 93.235
25 Mike Napoli ANA .247 .351 40 10 34 5 24% 11.5 13.8 89.247
26 David Ross CIN .203 .271 32 17 39 0 26% 12.7 -3.0 88.203
27 Yadier Molina SLN .275 .340 30 6 40 1 11% 26.3 9.4 77.275
28 Ryan Doumit PIT .274 .341 33 9 32 1 21% 10.3 11.1 75.274
29 Brad Ausmus HOU .235 .318 38 3 25 6 19% 17.9 -1.3 72.235
30 Mike Redmond MIN .295 .347 23 1 38 0 7% 20.0 6.4 62.295
31 Javier Valentin CIN .276 .328 19 2 34 0 9% 16.1 5.7 55.276
32 Jason Kendall OAK .226 .261 24 2 22 3 9% 16.4 -13.2 51.226

* Denotes that this player was a Rookie in 2007

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