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Fantasy Baseball Draft Advice: Catcher

If you don’t draft Buster Posey early, wait. For that matter, consider waiting period. Even Posey will have a hard time cracking the top 20 fantasy hitters. Below Posey, virtually every option has a question mark. There is also not a statistically significant difference between number 2 and number 12. So again, wait.

 

1. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants

2015 Stats: AB 557 | R 74 | H 177 | 2B 28 | 3B 0 | HR 19 | RBI 95 | SB 2 | BB 56 | SO 52 | BA .318 | OBP .379 | SLG .470 | OPS .849 | BAbip .320

Buster Posey is obviously the top catcher. Kyle Schwarber came on strong last year, but Posey is the only catcher consistently among the top 50 players.

2. Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs

2015 Stats: AB 232 | R 52 | H 57 | 2B 6 | 3B 0 | HR 16 | RBI 43 | SB 3 | BB 36 | SO 77 | BA .246 | OBP .842 | SLG .487 | OPS .842 | BAbip .293

Kyle Schwarber is a bit of a question mark for 2016, but so are most catchers. Schwarber has massive power, a good eye, and should get some time in the outfield to increase his AB’s.

3. Brian McCann – New York Yankees

2015 Stats: AB 465 | R 68 | H 108 | 2B 15 | 3B 1 | HR 26 | RBI 94 | SB 0 | BB 52 | SO 97 | BA .232 | OBP .320 | SLG .437 | OPS .756 | BAbip .235

Time may be catching up to Brian McCann, but he is still a consistent middle of the order threat. He’ll provide power, see RBI opportunities, and get some time at DH

4. Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers

2015 Stats: AB 557 | R 51 | H 98 | 2B 20 | 3B 3 | HR 7 | RBI 43 | SB 1 | BB 36 | SO 64 | BA .264 | OBP .326 | SLG .391 | OPS .717 | BAbip .297

Jonathan Lucroy is a better hitter than Brian McCann, but his production is contingent on his health. He was out much of 2015 with a fracture toe. He should be fine. He also isn’t as valuable as McCann if you league doesn’t count doubles or total bases.

5. Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets

2015 Stats: AB 239 | R 31 | H 64 | 2B 14 | 3B 1 | HR 12 | RBI 41 | SB 0 | BB 23 | SO 49 | BA .268 | OBP .340 | SLG .485 | OPS .825 | BAbip .289

With his offensive potential, Travis d’Arnaud would be ranked much higher if we could count of AB’s. We do, however, expect him to be closer to the 385 AB’s he had in 2014.

6. Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays

2015 Stats: AB 441 | R 76 | H 106 | 2B 23 | 3B 2 | HR 23 | RBI 77 | SB 4 | BB 53 | SO 106 | BA .240 | OBP .329 | SLG .458 | OPS .787 | BAbip .262

As it is with most hitters, The Rogers Centre has been kind to Russell Martin. There is no reason to think that his numbers should change much from last year.

7. Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals

2015 Stats: AB 531 | R 52 | H 138 | 2B 25 | 3B 0 | HR 21 | RBI 70 | SB 1 | BB 13 | SO 82 | BA .260 | OBP .280 | SLG .426 | OPS .706 | BAbip .270

If your league heavily weighs OBP and walks, Salvador Perez may hurt you, but he is also the most reliable player at the position not named Buster Posey. Perez is young and improving and will get you 20 home runs.

8. Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles

2015 Stats: AB 258 | R 24 | H 69 | 2B 14 | 3B 1 | HR 8 | RBI 25 | SB 0 | BB 21 | SO 67 | BA .267 | OBP .319 | SLG .422 | OPS .742 | BAbip .328

Matt Wieters has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons. He did, however, just give up a long term contract for the $15.8 million dollar qualifying offer. If he believes in himself, so do we.

9. Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds

2015 Stats: AB 45 | R 2 | H 8 | 2B 1 | 3B 1 | HR 0 | RBI 2 | SB 1 | BB 5 | SO 9 | BA .178 | OBP .275 | SLG .244 | OPS .519 | BAbip .222

Devin Mesoraco is easily the second best catcher if healthy. The reason he is below the other catchers coming off injury, is because he had hip surgery. If he falls in your draft, however, he’s worth the risk.

10. Stephen Vogt – Oakland Athletics

2015 Stats: AB 445 | R 58 | H 116 | 2B 21 | 3B 3 | HR 18 | RBI 71 | SB 0 | BB 56 | SO 97 | BA .261 | OBP .341 | SLG .443 | OPS .783 | BAbip .290

Stephen Vogt is another catcher with a lot to prove in 2016. He had solid overall numbers in 2015, but struggled mightily in the second half. He should also, however, see some time at DH.

11. Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

2015 Stats: AB 355 | R 43 | H 83 | 2B 12 | 3B 0 | HR 16 | RBI 47 | SB 0 | BB 65 | SO 92 | BA .234 | OBP .353 | SLG .403 | OPS .756 | BAbip .268

Walks and home runs. That’s what you’ll get from Yasmani Grandal. The problem is it will only come in about 360 AB’s.

12. Derek Norris – San Diego Padres

2015 Stats: AB 515 | R 65 | H 129 | 2B 33 | 3B 2 | HR 14 | RBI 62 | SB 4 | BB 35 | SO 131 | BA .250 | OBP .305 | SLG .404 | OPS .709 | BAbip .310

There are a lot of guys we could have put in this spot, but we like Derek Norris simply because he will likely see a significant number of AB’s. Combine that with his gap power, and you have yourself a solid late round catcher.

 

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