Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends catcher rankings.
1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Posey led the Majors with a .336 batting average. He led all catchers with 103 RBI. I’m not sure much he can’t do. Finished with a .336-78-24-103-1 line.
2. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Mauer doesn’t provide power. Deal with it. He hit .319 with 81 runs, which was the most among catchers. He only hit 10 home runs, but had 85 RBI and eight stolen bases. Four out of five categories isn’t bad.
3. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks
Montero has back-to-back years hitting better than .280 with at least 15 home runs and 86 RBI. He’s been better in the second half the past two years so you’ll have to be a little patient.
4. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
Wieters smacked 20-plus home runs for the second season in a row. He really took a leap forward with a career high 83 RBI.
5. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Santana had a dip in his power, but still managed a very productive .252-72-18-76-3 line. He’s a solid bet to contribute in runs, home runs and RBI.
6. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
Perez had an impressive .301-38-11-39-0 line despite being limited to 76 games. He has a bright future if he can stay healthy.
7. Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies
Rosario led all catchers last year with 28 home runs. His .270-67-28-71-4 line was impressive. His home and away splits (.957 OPS vs. .721) are a small cause for concern.
8. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Napoli clubbed 20 home runs for the fifth straight year. His 2011 batting average was a fluke, but the power should be there in Boston. Napoli has a 1.107 lifetime OPS in Fenway Park.
9. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Martinez won’t catch this year, but you can take advantage of his eligibility. He’s 34 and coming off an injury, but he brings a big bat to the table. Not to mention, he’s playing in a pretty potent offense with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
10. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Molina has been a model of consistency, but blew up last year with a .315-65-22-76-12 line. Even if regression is likely, he should remain one of the game’s top catchers.
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