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Top 3 Catchers: The Real Deal, The Falling Star and The Rising Sun 

 

 

Players are rising and falling all the time in fantasy baseball. With the top three catchers highlighted; who will stay in the top three, who will fall out and who has the chance to rise to the occassion by the All-Star Break. Numbers in parenthesis represent the positions rank.

1. Wilin Rosario, Col- .284 (9th), 20 runs (5th), 9 HR (2nd), 26 RBI’s (4th)

2. Mike Napoli, Bos- .259, 24 runs (2nd), 7 HR(5th), 35 RBI’s (1st)

3. John Buck, NYM- .229, 21 runs (3rd), 10 HR (1st), 31 RBI’s (2nd)

In 117 games last year, Willin Rosario hit .270 while knocking 28 balls out the park. The Dominican catcher is on pace to hit 32 home runs this year. Hitting in a friendly environment behind guys like Tulo and Cargo is a recipe for success. From a small sample size, Rosario can hit for average and plus power resulting in 90 plus RBI’s by season’s end. #REALDEAL

Mike Napoli is in the best position out of any catcher when considering he is batting fifth in an explosive offense. He might not hit near the average or home runs of Rosario but his runs and RBI production will surpass Rosario and almost every other catcher because of the lineup he hits in. #REALDEAL

John Buck ended April with nine home runs but he also ended the month with a .241 average. The 25 RBI’s was second best in April among catchers but that production is falling at a rapid pace with hitting .204 in May and falling in the lineup. With Buck hitting sub .250 in the six or seven spot, the numbers simply won’t be there. #FALLINGSTAR

On the Rise

2012 NL MVP Buster Posey is third among catchers in RBI’s (27) and is only four home runs behind the leader. As a career .312 hitter, the fourth-year catcher is hitting a respectable .294 in the cleanup spot on pace for 20-plus home runs and 90-plus RBI’s. #REALDEAL #RISINGSTAR

2009 AL MVP Joe Mauer leads all catchers with 25 runs and a .333 average. He hits second in a lineup that can produce runs from the big bats of OF Josh WIllingham and 1B Justin Mourneau. As a career .324 hitter, Mauer will get on base it’s just whether he can revert to his 28 home run season in 2009. #RISINGSTAR

Five-time Gold Glove winner (2008-2012) Yadier Molina is seventh in the league and second among catchers hitting .327. Batting fifth in a productive Cardinals lineup will have numbers up especially if he can get back to the 22 home run power he displayed last year. #RISINGSTAR

On the Fall

Brian McCann hit three home runs in four games coming off the DL. Since, he has gone 1-for-14. McCann was given the day off Monday. #FALLINGSTAR

Carlos Santana hit .389 and five home runs in April, but is hitting a horrific .190 in May. His RBI and run production are down and he has been hitting in the six spot lately. #FALLINGSTAR