Last season, Victor Martinez was taken early in many fantasy baseball drafts. Martinez then tore his ACL and was useless to everyone who drafted him. He is back for 2013 and could be a solid sleeper candidate as he should still have catcher eligibility in many leagues. It would be a wise move to get him on your list of players to consider for 2013.
I suggest just considering Martinez for the fact about seeing how well he comes back from the surgery. It has been a whole year, after all, and Martinez should be ready to go, but it is something worth watching when draft time comes. Is Martinez worth drafting at an early point in the draft? Not really. There are probably 8-10 catchers who will get drafted before Martinez, but a slick owner will have him above some of the lower catchers on that list and could gain an advantage that way.
If I was drafting right now, I would take Martinez around the 140-150 mark in the draft. There are several catchers like Joe Mauer and Matt Wieters that I would take well before him, but if you can’t get a catcher like the two mentioned and if Martinez can still be your catcher, it is worth trying. He is going to be the designated hitter a ton for the Detroit Tigers and should rack up 450-550 at-bats this season with 20-25 home runs and 90-95 RBIs in a very potent Detroit lineup. Martinez could be one of those sneaky draft picks that becomes a stroke of genius in 2013.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.