It is easy to see trends in the composite catcher rankings below.
Notice the composite scores in parenthesis? Many of the catcher rankings come in bunches, with certain player scores coming incredibly close to each other. If nothing else, it can help make things easier for those who want to tier their catcher rankings.
The following composite list was created by factoring in rankings from ESPN, Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, Fanball, and Sporting News. So, you don’t need to visit each site individually because we have it all here in one convenient place.
1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota (Five pts)
Plenty has been written about Mauer at chinstrapninjas.com , including an unpopular drafting strategy that involves him and other top-tiered catchers, and a well-written counter argument from EP . No matter what your opinion on Mauer is, the facts remain clear: He is coming off a career year and has the ability to lead 2010 catchers in a variety of categories again. It's all a matter of how much you want to pay for him and if his sudden power boost will remain.
2. Brian McCann, Atlanta (11)
Although he saw a slight slip in homers, batting average, steals, and runs scored, McCann boosted his RBI numbers in 2009. New LASIK surgery can't hurt, and he's arguably the best offensive weapon the Braves have to offer. If they can provide some more protection in the order, McCann should continue to keep himself near the top of this list.
3. Victor Martinez, Boston (14)
All you need to know about Martinez is his stat line after being dealt to the Red Sox: .336, eight homers, and 41 RBI. Project that over a full season in a lineup loaded with protection and Martinez is clearly a better option than those below him on this list.
4. Matt Wieters, Baltimore (28)
Don't just look at Wieters as the fourth-highest player on this list, but more at his composite score and how incredibly close it is to the next couple of options. Wieters has plenty of talent but hasn't proven that he can live up to the hype, yet. He still is a decent option at a fairly shallow position, but there is a clear drop-off from the first three guys to Wieters.
5. Miguel Montero, Arizona (30)
A huge breakout player last season, Montero is still considered a sleeper by some. However, as this composite ranking proves, he isn't going to take anyone by surprise. As with Wieters, he is a decent option at one of the shallowest positions in fantasy baseball, but expect to pay more than you were thinking for Montero, who hasn't been a top option for a full season, not to mention most of his career so far.
6. Jorge Posada, New York Yankees (31)
Many are scared off by his age, but Posada had nice bounce-back numbers in 2009 and bats in a loaded lineup. Those pieces alone make him a decent play most of the season. He isn't going to carry you in steals by any stretch of the imagination, but he should provide 20-plus homer pop and a .280-plus average.
7. Russell Martin, Los Angeles Dodgers (38)
An elite catcher just two seasons ago, Martin's numbers across the board have considerably tailed off each of the past two years. Oddly enough, both his speed and power numbers have taken a hit. He is talented enough to bounce back somewhat, but it would take a lot of luck to move him any higher up this list.
T-8. Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs (47)
Much like Martin, Soto had a very impressive 2008 and much was expected of him last season. Again, like Martin, Soto regressed across the board. His slow start (.230, eight homers, 27 RBI before the All-Star break) led to an even worse finish (.205, 4, 20). Still, it is interesting to me that fantasy owners seem ready to assume that Martin will magically bounce back to prominence, while Soto will be a non-factor. With either player, at this point, you won't get a return on your investment unless they can show a dramatic comeback. The difference is that Soto will cost you much less on draft day.
T-8. Mike Napoli, Los Angeles Angels (47)
Napoli turned in his second consecutive season of 20 home runs and a decent uptick in his run and RBI numbers. While not a flashy option at the moment, Napoli may have a lower ceiling than Martin and Soto but may prove to be the least risky pick of the three. One thing to watch, though, is how Napoli's numbers are affected by the loss of overall talent on the Angels roster this past offseason.
10. Bengie Molina, San Francisco (48)
Few catchers are as ripe for a decline as Molina. He's aging fast, and while he still quietly produced solid catching stats last year, he didn't bring much interest in the free agent market this offseason. Now he finds himself back in pitcher-friendly AT&T Park. However, the biggest concern is young catching phenom Buster Posey, who's too talented not to start receiving more playing time.
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