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2014 Fantasy Baseball:

CATCHER RANKINGS

 

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#1

BUSTER POSEY – SF 

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.322 Average. 26 HR. 89 RBI. 8 SB. 87 Runs

When you Draft Buster Posey this season, you are getting a Rock Solid Catcher who could deliever nice Fantasy Stats every night.  On top of that, he will hit for a beautiful average.  Look at him as the Joe Mauer, with Power.  The downfall to Posey is his offense around him.  The Giants will be a low scoring ball club, which will hinder his RBI/Runs.  Not a Player I would target on Draft Day, but a Player I would keep an eye out for if he slips.

 

#2

BRIAN MCCANN – NYY 

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.276 Average. 30 HR. 95 RBI. 5 SB. 85 Runs

Brian McCann going to the Yankees could not be a better situation.  He no longer has to worry about Evan Gattis screaming for playing time, and he is on a high scoring offense that should be able to lead the MLB in Runs/RBIs in 2014.  McCann has great power numbers, and now he will get that Jet Stream in Right Field to really give his numbers a Huge Boost.  McCann is a great Draft Day Target.

#3

WILIN ROSARIO – COL

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.255 Average. 33 HR. 88 RBI. 5 SB. 75 Runs

The best part about Wilin Rosario is…

He plays at Coors Field for half of his games.  Wilin Rosario is a BEAST who should crush 30 Bombs without any problem.  He was the coverboy for BEAST DOME Fantasy Baseball 2012, and he is now safely a Top 5 Catcher in any format.

 

#4

MATT WIETERS – BAL

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.286 Average. 24 HR. 87 RBI. 5 SB. 85 Runs

Wieters has yet to reach his potential.  He is a Superstar in the Making, and this could easily be the year he puts it all together.  He is a lock for 25 HRs, one day he will be able to hit 40.  A good player to target if he slips on Draft Day, which could easily be the case as most experts rank him around #9.

 

#5

EVAN GATTIS – ATL

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.276 Average. 27 HR. 87 RBI. 6 SB. 75 Runs

There is not a stronger more intimidating power hitting catcher than Evan Gattis.  With Brian McCann now in New York, Gattis will get his chance to show what he can over a full season.  This man has tremendous power, the type of power where any At Bat can be a HR.  Make sure Evan Gattis does not slip in your Fantasy Draft.

#6

CARLOS SANTANA – CLE

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.276 Average. 26 HR. 82 RBI. 10 SB. 80 Runs

Santana will be playing 3B everyday for the Indians this season.  Something that should help his offensive stats as he puts less pressures on his knees everyday.  Sanatana’s downfall is a few things.

#1.  The offense he is on goes Cold more often than they go Hot.

#2. Consistency

Santana goes through Cold Streaks that last longer than they should.  Santana has a lot of talent and this should be a more productive season for the young budding superstar.

 

 

#7

YADIER MOLINA – STL

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.298 Average. 18 HR. 87 RBI. 7 SB. 70 Runs

Molina is as solid as they come when it comes to hitting catchers.  He is also a BEAST defensively behind the plate, but that does not matter so much.  The Cardinals will need somebody to replace David Freese and Carlos Beltran this season, and Yadier is easily the favorite to pick up those numbers.  The only reason I do not have him higher than #7 is because he is a player who will struggle to hit 20 HRs.  While it is definitely possible. keep in mind he has only hit over 20 HRs once in his career (2012).  He is also 30 going on 31.

#8

JOE MAUER – MIN

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.322 Average. 13 HR. 86 RBI. 11 SB. 80 Runs

Joe Mauer is the most overrated player in Fantasy Baseball.  Target Field has ruined Mauer’s Fantasy career as he really struggles to get to double digit HRs.  The Twins offense around Mauer may be the worst Twins teams in some time.  With no other stars and Josh Willingham as possibly the 2nd Best hitter on this team, Joe Mauer will be getting a lot of 2 Out Singles that result into nothing.  Do yourself a favor and ignore Joe Mauer with his batting average and low-end Double Digit Steal potential.  I would rather have the lower batting average in Russell Martin who will hit more HRs and have more SBs 10 Rounds Later.

#9

JASON CASTRO – HOU

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.286 Average. 23 HR. 76 RBI. 11 SB. 80 Runs

Castro is a very underrated all-around hitting catcher.  The best part about Castro is a few factors.

#1. He is the #3 hitter for his team.

#2. Minute Maid Park is a HR portal.

The Astros are a team that can surprisingly put up a lot of runs.  Look for Castro to be a center piece of this offense and be a candidate to drive in over 80 RBIs.  He goes very late, and he offers great return on value.  Does not hurt that he runs a little as well.

#10

JONATHAN LUCROY – MIL

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.278 Average. 23 HR. 78 RBI. 5 SB. 70 Runs

Lucroy is still young at 27 Years Old.  Health has always been a factor as he has never been able to reach his full potential over a full year, until last season.  Now he will look to build off of his 18 HRs and reach the 25 Level that everyone easily predicts.  Jonathan is a good catcher to draft, but his ADP will not provide you with a lot of value as many project him to be a Top 10 Catcher.  To me, he has to prove it.

#11

A.J. PIERZYNSKI – BOS

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.276 Average. 24 HR. 74 RBI. 3 SB. 65 Runs

Pierzynski is a player who broke out at the age of 35 with the White Sox with a rare 27 HRs.  He followed it up with a 1 Year Deal in Texas where he was able to blast 17 HRs.  All-in-All, he was a solid hitter who gives you average in the .270 Range and can easily approach 20 HRs.  Especially because Pesky’s Pole in Right Field gives Leftys a tremendous advantage to crush some bombs.  A.J. is still going strong at the age of 37, and I would not let him fall too low.

#12

SALVADOR PEREZ – KC

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.275 Average. 17 HR. 67 RBI. 5 SB. 65 Runs

Salvador is a great catcher.  Defense and Offense, he can do it all.  What makes Salvador so great is his ability to hit Doubles so frequently.  A big young power guy like him will eventually turn those 2Bs into HRs.  This could be the season it all comes together for Perez who was able to stay healthy in all of 2013.  The Royals need him to be big, and you can get him at a very nice discount price.

#13

WILSON RAMOS – WAS

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.260 Average. 18 HR. 68 RBI. 4 SB. 60 Runs

Ramos is a Stud.  Not yet a BEAST, but this could be the season that all changes.  Wilson Ramos is all power, and if it was not for injuries or being kidnapped, we would have all already seen a 25 HR season from this guy.  Go ahead and do yourself a favor, Draft him.  He will fall later than he should, and he will give you numbers that resemble the Top 10 in the position.

#14

RUSSELL MARTIN – PIT

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.255 Average. 15 HR. 65 RBI. 12 SB. 65 Runs

Russell Martin is Joe Mauer without the batting average.  In fact, he will give you more HRs and SBs than Mauer.  Russell is very underrated in the fact that he gives you a little bit of everything, just watch out for those cold slumps that seem to linger longer than they should.

 

 

#15

JESUS MONTERO – SEA

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.267 Average. 15 HR. 65 RBI. 3 SB. 60 Runs

So far, this Jesus Montero hype has been too much, an injury in 2013 left nearly the entire year short.

Yes he is a good player, but he is not looking like an All-Star talent.  Jesus is still very young and he still has a lot to prove.  Playing with Robinson Cano can help take pressure off of his game as everyone will have their spotlight on Cano.  Still, Montero is nothing more than a mid 15 HR hitter with good average.  The Mariners offense should give him opportunities.  But not enough to be a Must-Start.

#16

MIGUEL MONTERO – AZ

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.270 Average. 15 HR. 66 RBI. 5 SB. 60 Runs

Montero seems to be a star on his way down.  Now at the age of 30, we have seen Miguel with back-t0-back years that seem to be looking worst than it actually is.  Still, we know he is a talented player.  Is it possible all of that talent is gone?  Maybe.  Can you get him late enough in a 2 catcher league to see if that potential of 20 HR/80 RBI season is still there?  Yes.  Would I personally draft him?  Only if it was very late.

#17

DEVIN MESORACO – CIN

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.265 Average. 18 HR. 65 RBI. 2 SB. 65 Runs

Finally the Reds decided to clear the catching depth to give Mesoraco his chance to show the MLB how good he can be.  This guy does have serious power, and it would not surprise me at all if he hit 20 HRs in his first season with the full-time gig.  Great American Ball Park is easily one of the best hitter parks in the NL, and we should expect Devin to not only keep his job with no more Ryan Hanigan, but thrive in the position.  He is capable of Multi-HR games.

 

#18

TRAVIS D’ARNAUD – NYM

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.265 Average. 16 HR. 65 RBI. 2 SB. 50 Runs

This guy is going to be special.  No Fantasy ranked Travis inside the Top 20 of Fantasy Catchers last season, except for BEAST DOME.  D’Arnaud was on pace to be the starting catcher for the Mets very early in the season, until he injured his leg very early in the minors.  It took him nearly the entire year to get healthy.  Once he was healthy, he got called up right away.  Times were not easy as he barely hit above .200 with 1 HR in 30 Games.  But then again look at his situation and he missed nearly 3 months of the season.  Now he is ready to do his thing.

#19

J.P. ARENCIBIA – TEX

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.237 Average. 17 HR. 65 RBI. 2 SB. 50 Runs

J.P. a player who has been a BEAST DOME favorite since the beginning of time is now in Texas.  He will start Spring Training behind Geovany Soto, but once J.P. starts launching bombs, he will be the starting catcher in no time.  Arencibia has tremendous pop and can easily hit 30 HRs in a full season.  His batting average is poor, but for this late of value.  You should select him and see what he can bring you.  Top 10 Potential is in his bat at this position.

#20

JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA – MIA

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.253 Average. 16 HR. 63 RBI. 2 SB. 50 Runs

Salty has always been one of the top hitting prospects at the Catcher Position.  When he left Atlanta to get the job in Boston, he did not perform to the highest level people would expect.  Still he was able to hit somewhere in the 15-25 range every season.  Leaving Boston will do him wonders as there is no pressure playing for a team like Miami.  Salty will be asked to play everyday with no competition and let this be the time where he can really show the MLB how good he is.  Excellent very late pick if you decide to ditch catcher.

#21

ALEX AVILA – DET

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.244 Average. 14 HR. 65 RBI. 4 SB. 65 Runs

Avila has never been the same hitter since his breakout 19 HR season in 2011, replacing Victor Martinez.  Still, he has always been a shade of that player.  He is only 27 Years Old, and he comes at a very nice discount where nobody will even draft him.  While his upside is nice, the reality is, he is not the same hitter anymore.  Fluke seasons do happen, and that 2011 seems very long ago.

#22

YAN GOMES – CLE

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.280 Average. 12 HR. 60 RBI. 4 SB. 60 Runs

Yan is a great hitter.  Very underrated and he could do a lot of damage this Fantasy Baseball season.  Gomes does have very nice pop, but most importantly he will not kill you in batting average.  He should be able to get a lot of RBIs and be a very decent surprise to the Fantasy Owner that takes him as a backup in 2 catcher leagues.

#23

CHRIS IANETTA – LAA

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.265 Average. 15 HR. 56 RBI. 2 SB. 55 Runs

Ianetta was supposed to be great hitting power catcher throughout his career.  Now he is a player that has trouble staying healthy.  Chris has nice pop on his swing and could surprise everyone with 20 HRs.  For the most part, his best days are behind him and he is nothing more than a backup catcher in 2 catcher leagues.

#24

A.J. ELLIS – LAD

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.245 Average. 12 HR. 55 RBI. 4 SB. 50 Runs

Ellis is known for his defense, and ability to call a great game.  While he may end up with the occasional HR to go with 3+ RBIs.  For the most part he is a player that you do not associate as a Fantasy Baseball stud.  If he falls to you at the end of your draft, you probably will still not take him unless it is a two catcher league.

 

#25

CARLOS RUIZ – PHI

MUNTRADAMUS 2014 PREDICTION:

.255 Average. 9 HR. 55 RBI. 4 SB. 50 Runs

Out of nowhere Carlos Ruiz turned into a 16 HR hitter in 2012.  The next season he was suspended for taking amphetamine and then landed on the DL with a calf strain.  Ruiz has never been a player to hit over 10 HRs in a season, then he crushses 20.  Is the amphetamine still in his system?  Probably not, his best days are likely done.

 

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CHRIS DAVIS – 1B – BAL

MUNTRADAMUS RANK #11
EXPERT CONSENSUS RANK #22

STATS AS OF JULY 1st: .332 Average/31 HR/80 RBI/60 Runs

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DAVID ORTIZ – 1B/DH – BOS

MUNTRADAMUS RANK #12
EXPERT CONSENSUS RANK #21

STATS AS OF JULY 1st: .317 Average/16 HR/57 RBI/2 SB/40 Runs

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