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Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Catchers

Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Catchers

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1 Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins
2 Victor Martinez, C, Boston Red Sox
3 Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles
4 Jorge Posada, C, New York Yankees
5 Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland Athletics
6 Mike Napoli, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
7 A.J. Pierzynski, C, Chicago White Sox
8 Kelly Shoppach, C, Tampa Bay Rays
9 Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland Indians
10 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Texas Rangers
11 Dioner Navarro, C, Tampa Bay Rays
12 Gerald Laird, C, Detroit Tigers
13 John Buck, C, Toronto Blue Jays
14 Lou Marson, C, Cleveland Indians
15 Jason Varitek, C, Boston Red Sox
16 Taylor Teagarden, C, Texas Rangers
17 Francisco Cervelli, C, New York Yankees

Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5647917912732.317.400.450.850

Had the eye, now is growing in to his pop. His early-season homer tear should not be his baseline, though. Joe Mauer still uses all fields; homers aren't his priority. His up-stepping flyball percentage, however, points to a 20-homer lock for many years. You'll have to spend big, early if you want him.


Victor Martinez, C, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5886818313830.311.363.446.809

That elbow - and power - looked healthy. Victor Martinez posted a career-best BB/K and continued his hard contact. Potential issue: He'll probably spend the entire year behind the plate, especially now that the BoSox have brought Adrian Beltre aboard. Don't let this downgrade your valuation much, but it may contribute to a downward turn.


Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5196713124832.252.317.445.762

The payoff was delayed. Thanks to increased aggressiveness and a shorter swing, Matt Wieters hit the ball hard in the final full month. Southpaws plague him, but no doubt the O's will continue to trot him out. His batting eye might not have big gains, but he has the raw extra-base ability. Don't reach, but don't let him fall too far; there's too much potential.


Jorge Posada, C, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

What was it Aaliyah said about age? Posada whiffs a lot but also walks a bunch. While Jorge Posada's eye has declined since '07, this park and lineup should help maintain his production, even if they limit his reps. Dynamic home-road splits tell the tale, but it's a fantasy that can be read again with some confidence.


Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
33929816352.239.291.348.639

Power is growing: HR/FB staying steady and FB rising. Big workloads the last three years (especially the last two) forewarn burnout (Russell Martin). Might be a bit overvalued based on PT, but Kurt Suzuki doesn't hurt you in any category. Sometimes stability costs more. He's a safe low-end No. 1 mixed backstop. 


Mike Napoli, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4937912728901.258.361.505.866

In his busiest MLB season, Mike Napoli's AB/HR, flyball rate and batting eye dropped, but that wasn't unexpected in a heavier workload. His line-drive improvement might mean a better batting average, but his skills probably don't have anywhere else to go; he still strikes out a ton. Stability might add a buck of two to this middle-round mixed catcher's price; the drop-off in talent soon to follow him probably warrants a slightly increased investment.


A.J. Pierzynski, C, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4634812414691.268.306.417.723

Stable commodity that should give you double-digit homers with a workable batting average. A.J. Pierzynski is durable, too - someone you can gain on the cheap with high-level backstop playing time. Beware the up-and-coming Tyler Flowers, but the vet is still a mixed No. 2.


Kelly Shoppach, C, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Though Dioner Navarro will probably have more duty, Kelly Shoppach carries the bigger fantasy intrigue. You're getting homers with him - love the increasing patience and line-drive rate, too. His dropping flyballs take some luster away, but if you can deal with PT almost exclusively vs. lefties, Shoppach can pass a low-end AL No. 2. 


Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland Indians
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5358014423794.269.372.469.841

Carlos Santana will start the season in Triple-A after recovering from right hand surgery, but he isn't long for there; he has climbed the farm ladder quickly. The switch-hitter's batted balls enter air often. If you could get by with a replacement-level option while stashing him in ALs or deep mixed leagues, go for it. He'll probably sneak below many radars.


Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Texas Rangers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
395469812522.248.312.423.735

Sketchy health has impeded progress. Overhyped but still boasts some potential. Rangers have ample backstop alternatives; might not wait for Jarrod Saltalamacchia to develop, making him a shaky PT commitment in AL-only despite his pop potential. 


Dioner Navarro, C, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
368409815490.266.328.421.749

With Dioner Navarro's decent line-drive capacity, you would think he'd hit better than .218. Walks would help. His 2008 BABIP (.321) shouldn't be your expectation. He'll split time with the more offensively intriguing Kelly Shoppach, too. There is probably room for some small growth, but not enough to earn him mixed-league attention until after the draft.


Gerald Laird, C, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
12014301110.250.326.333.659

In Gerald Laird's busiest season, he couldn't build on his intriguing '08. What happened to the line-drive growth? He doesn't look like a full-time catcher, and Detroit may dispose of him soon. Laird should only be considered by desperate drafters in two-catcher mixed formats.


John Buck, C, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
20018437271.215.288.350.638

Lucky stretch kept his clip up briefly. Lucky if John Buck breaks .250 for a full season, though. Power reflected by playing time. Upside minimal, but at least he'll offer decent power for a low-end No. 2 mixed backstop. Beware Jose Molina and prospect J.P. Arencibia


Lou Marson, C, Cleveland Indians
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Lou Marson is an OK Carlos Santana preshow. His biggest asset, though, is playing time. Deep two-catcher mixers and AL-only drafters should pay the most, but he might be removed from the starting job by midseason.


Jason Varitek, C, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

The Captain will be more like Tennille with Victor Martinez in town. Jason Varitek still boasts double-digit pop with enough PT, and he actually improved his batting eye last year. On the other hand, his contact isn't as effective anymore; his lofts aren't translating to dingers.


Taylor Teagarden, C, Texas Rangers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Might start at Triple-A. Poor batting eye projects Taylor Teagarden as all-or-nothing power threat. His best chance at mixed value is to at least earn part-time work. He's a cheap AL-only speculation in two-catcher leagues.


Francisco Cervelli, C, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
13524344222.252.338.378.716

The Italian Stallion can make decent contact and may see more reps as the Yanks look to preserve Jorge Posada. Any extensive PT here adds value – well, whatever modest offensive potential can do over increased time. Francisco Cervelli doesn't yet know what a walk is.