End of Season Rankings: Catcher

The 2012 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 2012 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 350 plate appearances over the course of the year. The replacement level was also adjusted to account for players eligible at multiple positions. The valuations are built for $260 budgets and traditional 5×5 roto fantasy leagues.

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.

Rnk Name Pos AB HR R RBI SB BA $$$
1 Buster Posey C 530 24 78 103 1 0.336 23
2 Yadier Molina C 505 22 65 76 12 0.315 18
3 Joe Mauer C 545 10 81 85 8 0.319 17
4 A.J. Pierzynski C 479 27 68 77 0 0.278 13
5 Wilin Rosario C 396 28 67 71 4 0.270 12
6 Carlos Ruiz C 372 16 56 68 4 0.325 12
7 Miguel Montero C 486 15 65 88 0 0.286 11
8 Matt Wieters C 526 23 67 83 3 0.249 10
9 Carlos Santana C 507 18 72 76 3 0.252 8
10 Ryan Doumit C 484 18 56 75 0 0.275 7
11 Jordan Pacheco C 475 5 51 54 7 0.309 5
12 Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 405 25 55 59 0 0.222 1
13 Mike Napoli C 352 24 53 56 1 0.227 1
14 Jesus Montero C 515 15 46 62 0 0.260 1
15 Brian McCann C 439 20 44 67 3 0.230 1
16 John Jaso C 294 10 41 50 5 0.276 0
17 A.J. Ellis C 423 13 44 52 0 0.270 0
18 Russell Martin C 422 21 50 53 6 0.211 -1
19 J.P. Arencibia C 347 18 45 56 1 0.233 -2
20 Alex Avila C 367 9 42 48 2 0.243 -5
21 Kurt Suzuki C 408 6 36 43 2 0.235 -8
22 Geovany Soto C 324 11 45 39 1 0.198 -10
23 Ryan Hanigan C 317 2 25 24 0 0.274 -11
24 John Buck C 343 12 29 41 0 0.192 -13
25 Rod Barajas C 321 11 29 31 0 0.206 -13
26 Josh Thole C 321 1 24 21 0 0.234 -16



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  1. Daniel says:

    Is there a reason why Jonathan Lucroy wasn’t ranked? I get the injury decreased his value, but I can’t imagine he still didn’t qualify in the top-20

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    • Mike Petriello says:

      He fell 4 PA short of 350 PA cutoff.

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    • MDL says:

      I followed the method described by Sanders’ previous posts above as best I could, even though he didn’t go into details for what he changed in the Oct 2011 update.

      Anyways with a min PA of 345 I’m getting Lucroy between Doumit and Salty, but closer to Salty.

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  2. MFG says:

    Love having $$ valuations. Any way to convert the valuations to, say, an AL-only 4×4 roto league?

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  3. Acacia says:

    Love to have seen where Sal Perez would have landed if he had 45 more PA’s…

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  4. Mike says:

    Would there be anyway to formulate rankings/value where you would replace missed game for players with replacement value?

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  5. batpig says:

    Question — if the “replacement level was also adjusted to account for players eligible at multiple positions”, how can a player have different $$ values at different positions? For example, Posey was $20 in the 1B rankings and $23 in these C rankings. And Hanley Ramirez was $16 in the 3B rankings and $19 in the SS rankings.

    If seems that IF you are adjusting for multi-position eligibility, then the $$ value would remain constant regardless of at what position a player is ranked. If the $$ values are different depending on which position list you are showing, then it seems that you are NOT adjusting the replacement level for the different positions.

    Can you explain? Am I just misunderstanding that quote?

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