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2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 15 Catchers (Updated)

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 23: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo, walk-off home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 at Progressive Field on September 23, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 6-5. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Zach GreubelCorrespondent IIJanuary 23, 2012

1. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians

Pitchers are scared of Santana, that's why they walked him 97 times in 2011. Santana still hit 27 HR and 79 RBI even with the high walk total.

2. Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers

Napoli was a fairly big surprise in his first season in Texas. He had career highs in AVG (.320), HR (30) and RBI (75).

3. Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves

McCann is good for around a .280 AVG, 20 HR and 75 RBI every season.

4. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

The heart of San Francisco's lineup only played 45 games before breaking his ankle in 2011. In 108 games the previous season, he hit 18 HR and 67 RBI.

5. Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers

Avila shouldn't have a problem being full-time catcher for the Tigers in 2012. His numbers rivaled those of teammate Victor Martinez, and that's saying a lot.

6. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

We'll give Mauer a mulligan for last season. Last year's .287 AVG was the lowest of his career, but he did only play 82 games.

 

 

 

7. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

The average wasn't what we thought it would be last season (.262), but Wieters did hit 22 HR and 68 RBI.

8. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks

Montero was a very pleasant surprise for the D-backs in 2011, batting .282 with 18 HR and 86 RBI.

9. J.P. Arencibia, Toronto Blue Jays

Just over a quarter of Arencibia's hits were home runs in 2011 (24/97).

10. Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners

The highly-touted catcher has a lot of upside but is unfortunately now on the Mariners.

11. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

Molina is known mostly for his defense but he did have career-highs in HR (14) and RBI (65) last season.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 21:  Catcher Russell Martin #55 of the New York Yankees fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on July 21, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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12. Russell Martin, New York Yankees

His AVG has really tailed off the past three seasons but Martin enjoyed hitting 18 HR in 2011. Jorge Posada's departure will give him more opportunities this season.

 

13. Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs

Soto has been inconsistent so far in his career but he has hit 17 HR each of the past two seasons.

14. Kurt Suzuki, Oakland Athletics

Believe it or not, but Suzuki is one of the best fantasy options on the A's.

15. Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals

Having 15 HR's and 52 RBI's isn't too shabby for a first full season in the big leagues as a catcher.

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