2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: MLB's Top 15 Catchers

Zach Greubel@@ZachGreubelCorrespondent IIFebruary 28, 2011

He'll be the No. 1 catcher until he retires.
He'll be the No. 1 catcher until he retires.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

Mauer posted very solid numbers last season despite missing some time with an injury. He was fourth in baseball with a .327 average. Expect him to make another run at the American League batting title.

2. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

Martinez was one of only three catchers with more than 70 RBI last season with 79 RBI, which led all catchers. He also racked up 20 HR, which was tied for second among catchers. He'll be fine in a new uniform

3. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Posey only played in 108 games last season but was still one of the best catchers in the league. He hit .305 with18 HR and 67 RBI despite playing in what is considered a pitcher's park in San Francisco.  

4. Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves

McCann had another great season in 2010 as he was second among catchers with 21 HR. He was second in RBI with 77. The one big flaw in McCann is his average, which was a meager .269 last season. Still, he's undoubtedly a top five catcher.

5. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians

Santana showed he could be successful in just 150 at bats last season. He managed 70 total bases in only 46 games in 2010. He should put up some good numbers in the middle of a potent Indians lineup.

6. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks

Montero was somewhat of an unsung hero last season. Despite playing in only 85 games he still managed 9 HR and 43 RBI for Arizona. If he can stay healthy he'll have a fairly attractive stat line this season.

7. Kurt Suzuki, Oakland Athletics

Suzuki was arguably the A's most valuable player in 2010. He was fourth among catchers with 71 RBI despite playing in 131 games. His achilles heel was his average- .242.  

8. Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs

It was kind of a disappointing season for Soto, and the Cubs, last season but he did hit a respectable .280. He did tally 17 HR in just 105 games, however. This is another guy who, if he can stay healthy, won't let owners down.

9. Mike Napoli, Los Angeles Angels

Napoli would be a top five catcher if his average was better. He only hit .238 last season but had some nice power numbers, leading all catchers with 26 HR and adding 68 RBI.

10. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

Wieters had a disappointing season in 2010, hitting a measly .249 in 446 AB. He had a respectable 11 HR and 55 RBI but he can do much better with the average. He still has a lot of upside.

11. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

Molina was fifth among catchers in 2010 with a .262 average and seventh with 62 RBI. As irrelevant as it may be he was also third among catchers in stolen bases with eight. Molina is better known for his defense but he can still hold his own at the plate.

12. Russell Martin, New York Yankees

Martin will be the starting catcher for the Yankees this season after a disappointing 2010 campaign with the Dodgers. We know Martin can put up solid numbers and he's a decent stolen base threat for being a catcher.

13. Jorge Posada, New York Yankees

Posada had a respectable 2010 season posting 18 HR and 57 RBI in 383 AB. He only had a .248 average, however, and those numbers are certain to go down after the off-season acquisition of former Dodger catcher Russell Martin.

14. John Jaso, Tampa Bay Rays

Jaso had a decent season with the Rays in 2010 hitting .263 with 44 RBI in 109 games. He's a decent late-round option if you're still looking for a catcher.

15. Chris Iannetta, Colorado Rockies

Iannetta will be the starting catcher for Colorado this season after giving up a lot of time to Miguel Olivo last season. He has good power as he hit 9 HR in just 61 games last season. Unfortunately he also hit .197. 


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