The NL Central catchers give me my favorite story from all of last season. Most people will remember 2012 as the year of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Not me. It will always be the season that a suitcase derailed a promising fantasy baseball breakout season.
The Milwaukee Brewers Jonathan Lucroy was on his way to a massive 2012 season. Then his wife allegedly dropped a suitcase off a hotel room bed on to Lucroy’s hand, breaking it. Only in baseball could this happen. Should Lucroy steer clear of his wife’s suitcase in 2013, look for him to put up 57 runs, 14 HR, 60 RBI, 4 SB, and a .275 AVG.
The NL Central also gives us the other part of America’s favorite game, name that Molina. If you said, the St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina, ding ding ding, you are correct. In 2012, Molina continued to put up big numbers, and he should continue to be one of the top options at catcher in 2013. Expect 55 runs, 14HR, 68 RBI, 5 SB, and a .292 AVG.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin in the offseason. He returns to the National League where he started his career. Martin is coming off a disappointing 2012 campaign with the New York Yankees. Moving to a much weaker lineup in Pittsburgh won’t help Martin get back to All-Star form, but he should still put up solid numbers at a weak position. Look for 55 runs, 13 HR, 57 RBI, 5 SB, and a .243 AVG.
The Cincinnati Reds must really love the way Ryan Hanigan handles the pitching staff, as his offensive production leaves much to be desired. Us rotogeeks expected Devin Mesoraco to be a top rookie of the year candidate in 2012. That did not happen, and heading into 2013, Hanigan is again expected to see the majority of the time behind the plate. Expect Hanigan to put up 33 runs, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 0 SB, and a .269 AVG. Neither Hanigan nor Mesoraco should be much of a fantasy option in 2013.
Oh those lovable Chicago Cubs. Seriously, unless you’re a diehard Cubbies fan, what is so lovable about them? Welington Castillo will be the Cubs opening day starter behind the plate. Look for 39 runs, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 0 SB, and a .250 AVG.
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