2013 End of Season Rankings: Catcher

The 2013 fantasy baseball season has come to a close, so it is time to look back at the season past and determine which players were the most valuable at each position. This week focuses on catchers.

The players were ranked based on their 2013 production, using the evaluation system explained and updated on this site some time ago. To keep things manageable and avoid skewing the numbers, players were only considered if they amassed 400 plate appearances over the course of the year. The replacement level was also adjusted to account for players eligible at multiples positions. The valuations are built for $260 budgets and traditional 5×5 roto fantasy leagues, where only one catcher is started.

One important thing to note is the premium (or lack thereof) placed on the position a player occupies in your lineup. For example, while a first baseman may be able to accumulate superior overall numbers, the availability of such production lower in the rankings severely dampers the amount the player was worth.

These rankings are meant to reflect a player’s value should he have occupied this spot in your lineup for the entire year. So, a player who missed time due to injury but put up great numbers during his time on the field would be worth less.

With all this in mind, here are your rankings.

Name Pos AB HR R RBI SB AVG $$
1 Mike Napoli C 498 23 79 92 1 0.259 14.56
2 Yadier Molina C 505 12 68 80 3 0.319 13.93
3 Wilin Rosario C 449 21 63 79 4 0.292 13.21
4 Victor Martinez C 605 14 68 83 0 0.301 12.95
5 Jonathan Lucroy C 521 18 59 82 9 0.280 12.41
6 Carlos Santana C 541 20 75 74 3 0.268 11.59
7 Buster Posey C 520 15 61 72 2 0.294 9.48
8 Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 425 14 68 65 4 0.273 7.33
9 Salvador Perez C 496 13 48 79 0 0.292 6.36
10 Jason Castro C 435 18 63 56 2 0.276 6.22
11 Joe Mauer C 445 11 62 47 0 0.324 6.17
12 Matt Wieters C 523 22 59 79 2 0.235 5.94
13 A.J. Pierzynski C 499 17 48 70 1 0.275 4.94
14 Brian McCann C 356 20 43 57 0 0.256 1.00
15 Russell Martin C 438 15 51 55 9 0.226 0.02
16 Ryan Doumit C 485 14 49 55 1 0.247 -1.42
17 John Buck C 392 15 39 62 2 0.219 -3.59
18 A.J. Ellis C 390 10 43 52 0 0.238 -5.25
19 J.P. Arencibia C 474 21 45 55 0 0.194 -5.42
20 Welington Castillo C 380 8 41 32 2 0.274 -5.68
21 Nick Hundley C 373 13 35 44 1 0.233 -6.81
22 Miguel Montero C 413 11 44 42 0 0.230 -7.11

An overview:
Catchers were pretty boring this year, with a fairly deep stable and not much in the way of top end talent. Mauer’s value dropped due to his RBI total and time missed, and even if you had the top guy available in Napoli, you weren’t enamored with him all year long.

If Mauer comes back healthy next year, McCann plays close to a full season, and Posey gets some sustained help in the lineup, this core could be a little more interesting in 2014.

Diligent readers will note that these catcher values are higher than was listed in the overall rankings. This is due to a correction of a small mistake I noticed.




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  1. Gee's Up, Hoes Down says:

    Napoli should lose C eligibility next year, right?

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  2. Jayheykid says:

    Napoli played 0 games at C this year.

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  3. KB says:

    Victor Martinez will also lose C in most leagues w/ only three starts at the position. Although he should gain 1B in quite a few as well. Still, two of the top four catchers won’t be catcher eligible in 2014.

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  4. Hammerin' Hank says:

    Evan Gattis could add some power w a full season at catcher.

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    • SKob says:

      Funny – I was thinking about Gattis having power, but his average could be anywhere from .220 to .280, so quick thinking said put him anywhere between Rosario and Arencibia… so, based on the chart, basically worthless to elite… not helpful!

      Looking at the list of players though, I would think he might slot in around 15 or so.

      Can we expand the list of Catchers to include players down to 300 PA’s? This list does not do a great job of capturing the position with so many players splitting time or getting injured. Quickly thinking about it, nobody from the Reds, Phillies, Nationals, Yankees, A’s, Angels, or White Sox is on this list… just seems strange. I would think a few of those guys break the top 20 at least.

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  5. JCA says:

    For catcher,isn’t the 400 PA criterion a bit limiting? Someone like a Yan Gomes, with 322 PAs, still had a high enough average to help in that category with enough home runs and runs to land in the 15 -20 range of your list.

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  6. Rickettsia says:

    Buster Posey was a huge disappointment in 2013. Luckily Lucroy was available on waivers, because I would have lost my leagues solely because he mailed in the last 2 months of the season once it was clear the Giants were out of contention.

    For fantasy’s sake, let’s hope the Giants aren’t as laughably bad as they were this year.

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