Montero Jesus (Source: USAToday)

 

The catcher position is often one of the weakest in fantasy baseball. Catchers are no longer offensively driven, but there are still a solid amount of them out there who can get the job done at the dish rather than behind it. ESPN's rankings have nothing on me.

 

1. Matt Wieters - Baltimore Orioles

 

A young stud at the catching position on a team with other sluggers who can get the job done. The 26-year-old is projected to hit almost 30 home runs and drive in nearly 100 runs in 2013. He is by far the best AL catcher out there if you need some help.


2. Carlos Santana - Cleveland Indians

 

Another young catcher who should be drafted early on in the process. In 2012, he hit 18 homers while walking 91 times and driving in 76 runs. In 2013, he should hit around 25 long balls and drive in 85-90 runs. He still will strikeout over 100 times with his uppercut-type swing.


3. Victor Martinez - Detroit Tigers

 

VMart missed the 2012 campaign after suffering a season-ending knee injury last offseason, but the DH/C is back and ready to help the Tigers out this year. It might take some time to get back into the swing of things, but he should be able to produce moderate numbers in this deep Tigers lineup.


4. Mike Napoli - Boston Red Sox

 

Napoli may be playing first base for the Red Sox in 2013, but he is still eligible for the catcher position in most leagues. The 31-year-old will get the chance to play almost every day and should put up some gaudy numbers at Fenway Park. He could hit over .270 with 30 homers and 80 RBIs in one of the best lineups in the AL.


5. Joe Mauer - Minnesota Twins

 

The Twins catcher did not really show me much in 2012. His power dropped off and he struck out a career-high 88 times. The best things about Mauer are that he walks a ton and he can drive in runs. His prime years are ahead of him at 29 years old, so he still has a chance to peak. In 2009, he hit 28 home runs. His numbers may not reach that high, but 18 homers and 90 RBIs are a definite possibility.


6. J.P. Arencibia - Toronto Blue Jays

 

A young catcher on a team with both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion equals a huge year for the Blue Jays. Arencibia hit 18 home runs in 2012, but also struck out in almost half his at-bats – 108 in 347 ABs. His approach should start to get better since he has seen many of these pitchers before and his numbers could be up in the 20-25 homer range with 65-75 RBIs. His strikeout numbers may go up with more at-bats, but don't let that deter you from this young stud in the making.


7. A.J. Pierzynski - Texas Rangers

 

A longtime Chicago White Sox backstop, Pierzynski should get more opportunities to drive in runs on the Rangers. He hit 27 home runs and drove in 77 runs in 2012. In 2013, his numbers might start to diminish a little since he's 36-years old, but they should still be around the 17-homer, 67-RBI range.


8. Jesus Montero - Seattle Mariners

 

One of the best hitters in the Mariners lineup in 2012 with 15 homers and 62 RBIs in 515 at-bats, Montero is still just 23-years old. His power is raw, but it's possible that he hits 20 or more homers in 2013 with 75 runs driven in - especially with the closer fences at Safeco Field.


9. Ryan Doumit - Minnesota Twins

 

Doumit had a couple of nice stretches in 2012 and finished with 18 homers and 75 RBIs in 284 at-bats. He can play OF/C/DH and will likely split the duty with Mauer going forward. In 2013, he could possibly hit 20 or more home runs and drive in 80 RBIs for a deep Twins lineup.


10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Boston Red Sox

 

Another Red Sox catcher on this list? Is this for real? Salty is one of the best all-or-nothing guys in baseball. Last season, he struck out 129 times in 405 at-bats, but still managed to connect for 25 home runs. The power numbers may increase in 2013, but I'm predicting Salty will manage about 24 homers and possibly 75-85 RBIs, depending where he bats in the batting order under new manager John Farrell.


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Fred Poulin said:

Fred Poulin
... No Salvador Perez? I'm surprised!
February 21, 2013
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