There is around a month to go until Major League Baseball teams begin reporting to Spring Training. That means preparation for fantasy baseball needs to get underway. If there is one position that always seems thin, it is catcher. I suggest this season to give Joe Mauer another chance.
Mauer is obviously the heart and soul of the Minnesota Twins and will be there for his entire career. I believe that this will be the year that Mauer sees even more time at first base, which will just increase his position flexibility for fantasy owners. Mauer has the potential to hit around .290 this season with 10-15 home runs and 70-75 RBIs. That is usually a good amount of production out of the catcher position in fantasy baseball but with catchers becoming better and better in MLB, Mauer could slip under the radar especially after some lean years. That is where savvy fantasy owners strike and put up Mauer in the later rounds.
If I was drafting today, Mauer would probably go somewhere in the sixth or seventh round. Mauer is just not a top-50 player these days and will tumble in a lot of drafts. If owners haven’t filled their catcher spot by the sixth round and see the options dwindling, Mauer will be a solid selection. With the calendar now turned to 2013, fantasy baseball is going to get back onto the front burner sooner than later so the time has come to get started working on draft day preparation. I would suggest making a note of getting Mauer to fill your catcher slot.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.