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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Mixed - Catchers

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Mixed - Catchers

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1 Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins
2 Victor Martinez, C, Boston Red Sox
3 Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves
4 Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles
5 Jorge Posada, C, New York Yankees
6 Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland Athletics
7 Mike Napoli, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
8 Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs
9 Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
10 Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
11 A.J. Pierzynski, C, Chicago White Sox
12 Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies
13 Russell Martin, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
14 Bengie Molina, C, San Francisco Giants
15 Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals
16 John Baker, C, Florida Marlins
17 Kelly Shoppach, C, Tampa Bay Rays
18 Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
19 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Texas Rangers
20 Miguel Olivo, C, Colorado Rockies
21 Ramon Hernandez, C, Cincinnati Reds
22 Jesus Flores, C, Washington Nationals
23 Gregg Zaun, C, Milwaukee Brewers
24 Gerald Laird, C, Detroit Tigers
25 Nick Hundley, C, San Diego Padres
26 Dioner Navarro, C, Tampa Bay Rays
27 John Buck, C, Toronto Blue Jays
28 Yorvit Torrealba, C, San Diego Padres
29 Lou Marson, C, Cleveland Indians
30 Jason Varitek, C, Boston Red Sox
31 Taylor Teagarden, C, Texas Rangers
32 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.


Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4705612329771.262.336.481.817

Brian McCann has made inconsistent yet definite strides in batting average skills. Tack on assumed end to potential problem with blurred vision after second Lasik procedure. Rates of homers and flyballs have been on ever-so-slight slide, though. Age says this tradeoff shouldn't be concern, but know you're paying for that slight possibility.


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.


Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
204264910281.240.325.441.766

Part of Geovany Soto's sophomore slump came from luck; part of it was an oblique strain. His batting eye improved from his first MLB campaign, though, and he shed 40 pounds this offseason. This low-end No. 1 mixed catcher can net you ample dingers for a relatively low cost, but his batting eye is shaky enough to be wary of a significant clip rebound.


Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
25027637310.252.317.404.721

Despite a slight drop, Ryan Doumit maintained overall improvement in contact rate. Knocked his flyball and batting eye ratios up, too, in injury-shortened playing time. That's the issue; he has had trouble staying on the field. The investment in relation to other catchers doesn't call for much to lose this season; he's someone you can target in the middle positional tier as a profit opportunity.


Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4665412514740.268.354.410.764

Isolated power has climbed as Miguel Montero has approached typical peak power years. In his first year with regular playing time, he responded with a stellar second half. A decreasing flyball rate is from a small sample and partly mitigated by increasing HR/FB. We always knew he could hit, but don't get sucked in by the expectation of a duplicated leap.


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.


Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
293377011372.239.365.396.761

Chris Iannetta could hit close to 20 dingers, but he'll have to contend with Miguel Olivo for PT. His average should return to previous levels (around .250) if he receives some BABIP justice; a flyball jump for an up-and-coming Coors Field dweller shouldn't be ignored. Even with his reps threatened, Iannetta should be a solid profit opportunity if you wait for a midrange starting mixed catcher.


Russell Martin, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
421489117576.216.315.382.697

Downward slide from Russell Martin's 2008 continued in 2009, especially regarding HR/FB. Canadian added weight to restore power and is seeking consistent approach. Strong plate skills suggest BA rebound - that could stifle SB decline, too. View last year as his floor. Reaching 2007 heights won't happen but hitting 2008 marks isn't unrealistic. A groin strain will cost him Opening Day and maybe a little longer, but it doesn't add much risk to his middle-rounds value. He's not as attractive as some others in his tier, but there's enough upside to take him if a run starts.


Bengie Molina, C, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Increasing flyball and homer rates make Bengie Molina a worthy midrange grab; tanking contact, line-drive and batting eye rates make him risky in just about every other category. Has this offense really improved that much? Buster Posey lurks; Molina might suit up less often. He'll pass for his pop, but beware pitfalls elsewhere.


Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4766114314714.300.348.464.812

Defensive whiz has improved Yadier Molina's batting eye in each of the last three years. Doesn't appear to attempt home runs much anymore - helping keep his average up. Molina won't hurt you, but he probably won't help you outside of batting average for the position. He will aid you in finding safe backstop at-bats late in your draft.


John Baker, C, Florida Marlins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
128930191.234.310.289.599

Platoon split worsened, but John Baker's batting eye improved as season wore on. Solid contact, slowly growing flyball percentage. Sound as low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2 NL backstop - perfect pick for those who don't reach for upside and settle for adequacy.


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 Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
3764610410562.277.339.426.765

Carlos Ruiz has made dramatic improvement for two straight seasons, particularly in walk-to-strikeout ratio. Maturation is encouraging for potential breakout, but two straight slow starts temper expectations. Increasing flyball rate and home run-per-flyball rate say if it comes, it could be considerable.


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. 


Miguel Olivo, C, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Miguel Olivo's HR/FB skyrocketed to an abnormal level. It's tough to see him keeping up that pace, even if his home park is Coors Field; he'll be on the short end of playing time. His power won't disappear completely, but he doesn't know how to draw a walk and has trouble making contact. He could probably pass as a starter in NL leagues but is best suited as a No. 2 everywhere.


Ramon Hernandez, C, Cincinnati Reds
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

You want a 33-year-old catcher coming off knee surgery? Ramon Hernandez still makes contact at a solid clip, but his power is dissipating, although the gimpy knee may have had something to do with that. His ceiling is limited, but he could still hit about .250 with double-digit homers for a minor investment.


Jesus Flores, C, Washington Nationals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Jesus Flores showed offensive sparks last year before DL stint and shoulder surgery. Elbow surgery throws wrench into recovery. Flyball and HR/FB rates swelled, giving him speculative value in deep leagues. Keep tabs on health.


Gregg Zaun, C, Milwaukee Brewers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Gregg Zaun will eat innings while waiting for Milwaukee prospects to develop. Vet's value here will come in two-catcher NL leagues, where he could approach double-digit homers if he logs 400 or so at-bats. He'll be a batting average bane.


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.


Nick Hundley, C, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
33928779391.227.282.369.651

Line-drive and walk growth helped him, but still has long way to go in terms of BA. Power is Nick Hundley's safest trait. Veteran Yorvit Torrealba could steal ample time. NL-only ... only.


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.


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


Yorvit Torrealba, C, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Backup who employs stretches of utility. Batting eye bounced back, but line-drive and BABIP explosions certain to come back down, which probably means more power. Rent Yorvit Torrealba during the season if needed.


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.