The catcher position is generally the weakest position in fantasy baseball. The physical demands and wear and tear of the position thin the ranks and often tire down even the strong fantasy players. In 2009, only three catchers with at least 500 plate appearances had an OPS above .760, but it was catcher Joe Mauer who led the league in average and OPS and won the AL MVP award. The 2010 fantasy baseball catcher position is very top-heavy, with three great players leading the pack followed by a hodgepodge of questionable choices.
5. Jorge Posada, New York Yankees
Jorge Posada is no longer able to carry out the duties of a full-time catcher, but New York’s new launching pad and time as a DH have helped to extend Posada’s lifetime as a 2010 fantasy baseball catcher. In his age 38 season, Posada put up the third highest slugging percentage of his career about 400 plate appearances. Posada had a huge 1.013 OPS at home, but hit just .245 with a .760 OPS on the road. If he can stay on the field, Posada should be able to post a park-aided 20 home runs and 75-plus RBI.
4. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks
2009 was a breakout year for Miguel Montero. After playing a part-time role with teammate Chris Snyder for more than two seasons, Montero’s great offensive performance won him the full-time catching job for the Diamondbacks. For the full 2009 season, Montero hit .294 with 16 home runs, 59 RBI, and 61 runs scored in 425 at-bats. In the second half alone, Montero hit .316 with 11 home runs, 40 RBI, and a .900 OPS in 234 ABs. If Montero carries over his second half performance into the 2010 season, he can be a top-tier 2010 fantasy baseball catcher.
3. Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
The National League’s top fantasy catcher, Brian McCann is a great all-around fantasy baseball catcher. As the Braves’ cleanup hitter, McCann is reliable for 20-plus home runs and 90-plus RBI a year. McCann hit .281 in 2009 and is a .293 career hitter. He scored only 63 runs last year, but that was good for fourth among all catchers.
2. Victor Martinez, Boston Red Sox
Baseball’s top run-producing catcher in 2009 was Victor Martinez who enjoyed brilliant success after a midseason trade from Cleveland to Boston. Martinez tallied a combined 108 RBI along with 23 home runs, 88 runs scored, and a .303 batting average. A full season of hitting after baseball’s top stolen base man Jacoby Ellsbury and former MVP Dustin Pedroia will give Martinez ample RBI opportunities, making him a premier option among 2010 fantasy baseball catchers.
1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
The 2009 AL MVP, Joe Mauer added another dimension to his skills in 2009 when he his a career high 28 home runs, more than double his previous season high. Mauer hit .365, scored 94 runs, and drove in 96 RBI despite missing the entire first month of the year. Mauer is not only the top 2010 fantasy baseball catcher, but a legitimate first round draft pick in 2010.