How weak are the catcher options in fantasy baseball in 2013? All you need to do is take a look at the AL East, the division that most think will be the most competitive division. There is only one catcher that will definitely remain as his team’s starting catcher for the entire season, and that is Baltimore Orioles‘ Matt Wieters.
For three years, fantasy baseball experts have been saying this will be Wieters breakout season. Sure, he has put up some decent numbers, but we’re still waiting for that monster breakout year. Will it be 2013? I don’t think we will see Wieters take that huge step forward to the next level, but look for 68 runs, 23 HRs, 68 RBIs, one SB, and a .260 AVG.
Toronto Blue Jays‘ J.P. Arencibia will give you almost the same power numbers as Wieters, but he will kill you in average. The best thing to happen to Arencibia was Travis d’Arnaud being shipped off to the New York Mets as part of the R.A. Dickey deal. Even when Arencibia goes through a two-week slump, he should still keep the starting catcher job. On the plus side, Arencibia will have weeks where he tears the cover off the ball, so should you draft him, plan to live with the hot and cold streaks and just stick with him. Expect 49 runs, 21 HRs, 65 RBIs, one SB, and a .232 AVG.
The New York Yankees have chosen to go with defense at catcher, as Chris Stewart will be handling the signal calling. Considering that the most games Stewart has ever started in a season is 67, so the only reason you should be drafting him in your fantasy league is if your league counts defensive stats. The Yankees other option, Francisco Cervelli, isn’t much of a fantasy option either. Look for Stewart to put up 28 runs, five HRs, 27 RBIs, two SBs, and a .238 AVG.
Unlike their hated rival, the Boston Red Sox seem to have to many options at catcher. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will enter the season as the starter, but David Ross will be waiting in the wings should Saltalamacchia struggle. Then for good depth, the Red Sox signed Mike Napoli to play first base, but don’t be surprised to see Napoli put in a few games behind the plate. Oh yeah, and then there’s Ryan Lavarnway wasting away yet another season in the minors. Look for Saltalamacchia to put up 49 runs, 17 HRs, 42 RBIs, and a .238 AVG.
The Tampa Bay Rays will be playing everyone’s favorite game , name that Molina, at catcher. If you said Jose Molina, give yourself a pat on the back, but don’t bother wasting a draft pick on him. He will put up 25 runs, four HRs, 28 RBIs, and a .222 AVG.
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