Catcher is always a thin position, but one that will give you a nice offensive boost if you have the right guy. Here are my personal top 20 catcher rankings:

  1. Joe Mauer (MIN)
  2. Buster Posey (SF)
  3. Victor Martinez (DET)
  4. Carlos Santana (CLE)
  5. Matt Wieters (BAL)
  6. Brian McCann (ATL)
  7. Miguel Montero (ARI)
  8. Mike Napoli (TEX)
  9. Geovany Soto (CHC)
  10. Kurt Suzuki (OAK)
  11. Jorge Posada (NYY)
  12. J.P. Arencibia (TOR)
  13. Chris Ianetta (COL)
  14. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (BOS)
  15. John Jaso (TB)
  16. Russell Martin (NYY)
  17. Jake Fox (BAL)
  18. Ryan Doumit (PIT)
  19. Hank Conger (LAA)
  20. Jesus Montero (NYY)

Miguel Olivo is injured or he would have made the list at #18. If San Diego signs Bengia Monlina he moves onto the list at #16. John Buck, Carlos Ruiz, Yadier Molina, and AJ Pierzynski were left off the list because they won’t be good enough. Wilson Ramos and Tyler Flowers were close calls.

Try to get Mauer, Posey, or V-Mart in round 3 or 4. You’ll be glad you did. Mauer hits for the most elite average in the league and will keep your weekly average high. Posey showed no signs of slowing down, and V-Mart will get more at bats than a normal catcher because of his DH role. Use McCann as an emergency if you don’t get any of these guys.

Waiting for Santana or Wieters is fine too but after these guys the bottom drops out. If you wait for Wieters and someone jumps on him early then your in trouble. This is why I would rather grab one of the top tier catchers.

Guys like Montero, Napoli, Posada, Arencibia, and Ianetta can hit for some power but are all risky in their own way. Much like V-Mart Posada is a DH which means more at bats. Soto and Suzuki are nice bargains based on what they have done in the past. Saltalamacchia and Martin have value now because they are in powerful BOS and NYY offenses, which could be a career rejuvenator. Jaso is a good source of runs.

Fox is an untypical selection. I have personally always liked Fox before he arrived in Baltimore. I think he will force himself into the lineup anytime a player needs an off day and has the power to hit 15 HR in a limited role. Conger and Montero are both rookies who will not start the year in the majors. Once they come up they could be good options. Conger doesn’t have much blocking him but Montero does which is evident by the 3 Yankee catchers that made this list.

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