Having already rolled out our yearly league rankings (click here to view our Top 15 catchers), it’s time now to look at rankings for dynasty leagues. We all know that finding a catcher who can produce offensively for the long-term is tough to come by, which is why players like Montero, Wieters and Suzuki jump up a bit. Still, you can’t ignore the consistent producers, no matter what the age, do let’s see how things play out:
- Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
- Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
- Victor Martinez – Boston Red Sox
- Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
- Ryan Doumit – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Kurt Suzuki – Oakland Athletics
- Geovany Soto – Chicago Cubs
- Jorge Posada – New York Yankees
- Mike Napoli – Los Angeles Angels
- Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
- Chris Iannetta – Colorado Rockies
- Bengie Molina – San Francisco Giants
- Russell Martin – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
Honorable Mention – Jesus Flores – Washington Nationals
- Victor Martinez’ age is certainly a factor and ultimately, as more research is done, it may cause him to fall a spot or two down the list. For now, I just can’t do it. He’s coming off a year where he hit .303 with 23 HR and 108 RBI, numbers that he easily could replicate in the deep Red Sox line-up.
- While Wieters may not necessarily perform as the fifth best catcher in 2010, he showed signs in September that he may live up to all of the expectations awarded him. He hit .362 with 3 HR and 14 RBI, easing owners concerns. He will be a solid option in 2010, with the potential for so much for in the near future, which is why he moves up a few spots in dynasty drafts.
- Another player who gets a boost is Soto, though his standing is a little bit more tenuous. I fully believe that his disastrous 2009 will lead to a big rebound, especially when you consider his .251 BABIP.
- While I only pushed Buster Posey up one spot from the regular rankings, the reason is the unknown of if he is going to get regular playing time in 2010. As the offseason progresses and the situation with Bengie Molina fully plays itself out, he’s likely to rise another spot or two based on upside potential alone. If Molina ultimately resigns in San Francisco (doubtful), he’ll fall out of the Top 12.
- I wanted to include Jesus Flores as an Honorable Mention because while he likely will ultimately fall outside of the Top 15 when all is said and done, he will certainly be on the rankings once we expand them a bit. After missing the majority of 2009, he should be considered a sleeper option for those in two-catcher formats for 2010. He had 8 HR and 59 RBI in just 301 AB in 2008 and should be the Nationals everyday catcher. We’ll certainly take a much closer look at him soon enough.
What are your thoughts on these rankings? Who should be higher? Who should be lower?
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