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Power-hitting catchers are always in demand.
The best part about the No. 1 player on this list is that he is not even considered the best fantasy option at his position on his own team. Derek Norris is frequently behind John Jaso on most expert fantasy lists for catchers. Don't let that fool you though. If patient, Norris can be had for next to nothing and I think he is poised for a breakout fantasy year.
There are not a ton of catchers that can hit for 25 home runs in a full year. As a matter of fact, I can rattle them off to you here:
That's seven guys. A.J. Pierzynski had an outlier season with Chicago in 2012, McCann is injured until mid-April at least and Russell Martin goes from a relative band box in New York to Pittsburgh's more spacious PNC Park.
The point is, Norris is a young catcher with valid power potential. He has demonstrated that in the spring and seems to be thrusting himself into a genuine starting spot behind the plate. Even with a long, looping swing against his first taste of major league hitting, Norris still hit seven home runs.
The adjusted swing has done wonders for him this spring, so power numbers should see a spike as a result. But the sneaky element of his offensive game is that Norris is one of the rare catchers that can steal a base or two, as his five demonstrated in 2012.
Basically, Norris is worth next to nothing and will have a very high payoff if he plays relatively close to his ceiling. Posey is still the gold standard for catchers in fantasy and there is a drop off after him, but having a backup that can potentially usurp the position for next to nothing is highly desirable. Norris is primed to be that guy in 2013.