2014 Fantasy Baseball AL-Only Catcher Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 6, 2014

Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer hits an RBI single off Boston Red Sox pitcher Allen Webster as Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, left, looks on in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ catcher rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.

1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer has catcher eligibility, but moving away from the position should keep him fresher. Mauer hit .324 last year with 62 runs, 11 home runs and 47 RBI. He doesn’t offer much pop in his bat, but he’s a lifetime .323 hitter.

2. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians

Over the past three years, Carlos Santana has hit 253 with an average of 77 runs, 21.7 home runs and 76.3 RBI. His power is enough to compensate for the batting average. Santana also has eligibility at first base and could possibly gain eligibility at third base during the season.

3. Brian McCann, New York Yankees

I think the move to Yankee Stadium will pay dividends for Brian McCann. His average has slumped a bit in recent years, but the power is there. McCann has averaged 21.4 home runs and 79.8 RBI. He’ll also have the luxury of playing designated hitter from time to time.

4. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

Salvador Perez posted a .292-48-13-79-0 line last year. He won’t provide big-time power, but he’ll deliver a quality average. Perez will turn 24 during the season and has a career .301 average.

5. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

Matt Wieters was once called "Mauer with Power." After three straight years with at least 20 home runs, the power part is true. You’ll have to deal with a lifetime .255 hitter, though. During that three-year stretch, he’s averaging 66 runs 22.3 home runs and 76.7 RBI.

6. Jason Castro, Houston Astros

Jason Castro hit .276 with 63 runs, 18 home runs, 56 RBI and two stolen bases. He’s a lifetime .255 hitter, making him a regression risk on average, but he brings power to the table.

7. Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians

Yan Gomes hit .294 with 45 runs, 11 home runs, 38 RBI and two stolen bases in 88 games. He figures to get more games behind the dish with Santana out of the picture. Gomes should provide plenty of pop.

8. A.J. Pierzynski, Boston Red Sox

A.J. Pierzynski is a .283 lifetime hitter who has combined for 44 home runs over the past two seasons. He has a career average of .322 at Fenway Park.

9. Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers

Alex Avila has averaged 13 home runs and 59 RBI in 119.7 games per season over the past three years. He’s a .254 career hitter, so temper your expectations, but he could give you decent power numbers.

10. Dioner Navarro, Toronto Blue Jays

Dioner Navarro hit .300 with 13 home runs in 89 games for the Cubs last year. In the four seasons in which he played at least 89 games, Navarro averaged 9.3 home runs and 41 RBI. Playing home games at the Rogers Centre should help his power numbers.

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