Catcher Risers and Fallers: Top Fantasy Baseball Adds

Forrest KobayashiSenior Analyst IApril 22, 2009

PHOENIX - APRIL 15:  Catcher Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals in action during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Diamondbacks 12-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The catcher position is one of the toughest positions to fill on a fantasy roster if you miss out on the top players.

With Ryan Doumit and Kenji Johjima ailing, many owners have been forced to run to their waiver wire to roster for new catchers.

Here is a look at’s most added catchers, and whether they are a worthwhile add for your team.


Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

Molina has started off the season on fire, batting .348 with a home run and 10 RBI.  Molina has always been strong in the contact department, and his batting average alone will certainly not hurt your team.

That being said, over the past four seasons, Molina has hit eight, six, six, and seven home runs respectively. The power upside is not here, but you could certainly do worse for a second catcher.

He is a nice fill-in if you have lost your catcher to injury.


John Baker, Florida Marlins

Like Molina, Baker has started off the season hot. At the prime age of 28, many owners are taking a chance on the guy to fulfill their catcher role. Baker is batting .308 with nine runs and nine RBI, but don’t expect him to maintain his batting average.

If you look for a line of 50-10-50-.270, then you won’t be disappointed. Baker is a borderline add in a standard 5×5 league.


John Buck, Kansas City Royals

Buck is also at the prime age of 28, and for most owners, many expect a breakout with this guy. While fantasy owners are adding the guy like crazy, don’t drink the Kool-Aid. 

This guy swings and misses way too much, and he hasn’t batted above .245 since 2004. Sure, the power is nice, but you would be making a bigger sacrifice with your batting average.

Watch someone else buy the .409 batting average—he is bound to go cold.


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