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Is Joe Mauer Still the #1 Fantasy Baseball Catcher?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers | 1 comment

He’s a .327 career hitter, but is he still the #1 catcher in fantasy baseball? Joe Mauer hit  for his career average in 2009 with 9 homers and 75 RBI in 2010, certainly productive, especially for a catcher.  But, it appears as though Mauer’s 2009 MVP season was a bit of a fluke, at least the 28 homers he hit.  Hitting in cavernous Target Field certainly doesn’t help Mauer’s homerun totals. Which brings us to Buster Posey, ranked # 4 in Fantasy Baseball Dugout’s 2010 off-season catcher rankings.  Posey was a major reason for the Giants World Series title in 2010.  Posey was called up earlier than expected on May 29, 2010.  In 406 regular season at bats, Posey clubbed 18 homers, 67 RBI and hit .306.  Project those stats out for the entire season and Posey would have...

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projection: Russell Martin

Posted by on Dec 5, 2010 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers | 0 comments

A few years ago, Russell Martin was being tabbed as a take-charge catcher with a unique skill:  he could run.  Martin, a converted infielder, found happiness behind the plate.  Twice Martin was named an all-star and after learning how to play the catcher position, Martin won two gold gloves to go with a pair of Silver Slugger awards as well. 2009 was not a typical Russell Martin year as the lifetime .272 hitter dropped off to .250 and his homerun production dropped in half.  If 2009 was bad, 2010 led Martin into fantasy baseball irrelevancy.  Martin, 27, was healthy for the first half of the year, yet hit only .244 with 5 homers and 22 RBI.  Then, on August 3, Martin fractured his hip and was out for the season. The press in Los Angeles blamed some of his...

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Victor Martinez Close to Deal with the Tigers

Posted by on Nov 25, 2010 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Promotional Considerations | 0 comments

The switch-hitting catcher, Victor Martinez, entered the market as an attractive option for teams looking to add an elite offensive catcher. However, V-Mart could become the first big free agent signing in this offseason, as according to ESPN the 31-year-old player is close to a four year contract and $ 50 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. In fantasy, Martinez is one of the most productive catchers and is among the quality catchers to consider heading into the 2011 season. V-Mart is ranked at the second place in the 2011 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings, one position higher than Brian McCann. In addition, Martinez is a four-time All-Star and his arrival to the Detroit Tigers should not change his good situation. Probably the Tigers will make use of V-Mart as their primary catcher, considering that Alex Avila, a second-year player,...

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Preview: Buster Posey

Posted by on Nov 16, 2010 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Baseball News, Fantasy Baseball Catchers | 0 comments

On Monday, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey won the NL Rookie Of The Year Award. Posey received 20 of the 32 first place votes, and continued his collection of post season hardware following the World Series win. Finishing behind Posey in the ROY voting: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, Cards starter Jaime Garcia, Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez, and the Pirates’ Neil Walker. In 2010, Posey missed the first 7 weeks of the season due to being in the minor leagues. He made up for it when he was called up, however, hitting .305 with 18 home runs, 67 RBI and 58 runs in 108 games. By the end of the season, Posey was owned in 96% of CBS Sports fantasy baseball leagues… and started in 92%. (2011 fantasy baseball advice comes after the jump). Because Posey hits for...

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Carlos Santana Fantasy Baseball Impact Player

Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers | 1 comment

Seldom do fantasy baseball managers keep extra catchers stockpiled on their minor league rosters.  Get an injury or two and you’re in need of a replacement. The replacement we have in mind is music to your ears: Carlos Santana. Santana has spent the year at Triple-A Columbus and is simply tearing up the International League.  Carlos Santana leads the league with 10 homeruns, an on base percentage of .447, and 35 walks.  He’s third in sluging at .573, fourth in RBI with 40.  Santana’s batting average is a robust .313.  Not bad for a catcher. Cleveland’s situation behind the plate is in desperate need of assistance.  Lou Marson, acquired in the Cliff Lee deal from the Phillies, went 2 for 3 last night with a double and 3 runs scored.  But, Marson, 23, has struggled and his hot night just...

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Barajas Off to Hot Fantasy Baseball Start

Posted by on May 13, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Catchers | 0 comments

Every season has early surprises and one surprise for 2010 fantasy baseball managers is Mets’ catcher Rod Barajas. Barajas, 34, has proven to be a great late round or $1 auction pickup.  The Mets’ backstop has cracked 9 homeruns in just 103 at bats.  Barajas won’t help your fantasy baseball team out in a lot of areas, but one area that he can shine, especially for a catcher, is with homeruns. He’s no stranger to the long ball.  Barajas cracked 19 homeruns in 460 AB’s last year for the Jays.  In 2005, he set a career high with 21 homeruns when playing for the Rangers. The Mets pursued Bengie Molina during the offseason. The Mets hoped he would fill the void behind the plate. In January, Molina elected to re-sign with San Francisco. By then, the Mets had already...

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