Both Carlos Santana and Buster Posey have paid immediate dividends for fantasy owners and have made an impact on our early 2011 rankings. Let’s take a look at how things currently look (remember, these remain extremely early rankings and will likely significantly change as the season progresses):
- Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
- Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
- Victor Martinez – Boston Red Sox
- Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians
- Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
- Kurt Suzuki – Oakland Athletics
- Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
- Geovany Soto – Chicago Cubs
- Jorge Posada – New York Yankees
- Mike Napoli – Los Angeles Angels
- John Buck – Toronto Blue Jays
- Ryan Doumit – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Bengie Molina – Texas Rangers
- Miguel Olivo – Colorado Rockies
- It’s become more and more evident that last season’s power surge was the aberration, and Mauer’s grasp on the top spot may be slipping slightly because of it. For now, with the average and RBI potential, it’s impossible to move him down, however. A big two months from Brian McCann could change that.
- Carlos Santana has lived up to the hype and then some in quick order. He has the look of a young Victor Martinez, which certainly is all you need to know.
- It has been a tremendous start for Buster Posey, hitting .353 with 8 HR in just 170 AB. He also has an inflated BABIP (.361) and HR/FB (17.0%). There’s a lot to like and he’s a great option, but I would still place him just outside the Top 5.
- Matt Wieters has struggled mightily, but the potential is still there. That’s certainly more then enough to keep him as a starter in all formats.
- The numbers for John Buck are actually not unrealistic. His career HR/FB is 12.7%, and this season he’s at 15.7 %. There’s no reason to think that he can’t continue to slug, the only question is if J.P. Arencibia will force the Blue Jays to send him packing. If that happens, where he lands will affect his value.
- Miguel Olivo barely holds his spot on this list, but his own teammate, Chris Iannetta, can easily supplant him by year’s end.
What are your thoughts on these rankings? Who is being overvalued? Who is being undervalued?
Make sure to check out our other extremely early 2011 rankings: