In recent fantasy baseball seasons, Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana has become a fixture behind the plate for the tribe. He has started at least 143 games in three straight seasons and has become a great source of power at the catcher position.
After a torrid stretch last season, though, Yan Gomes will now take over the everyday catcher duties. Santana will now be forced to move over to first base, and while he will still qualify as a catcher for one more year, Gomes appears to be the future behind the plate.
Gomes finished with an amazing .294 batting average, despite not getting everyday at-bats. Even better, Gomes was absolutely on fire at the end of last season. The Brazilian shockingly hit over .360 in each of the finally three months of the 2013 season, including a .367 average in September that was crucial down the stretch for fantasy owners.
He didn’t get everyday at-bats last season, but the 26-year-old will now relish the extra swings in the box. He is a very strong situational hitter and he has proven that he can hit to both sides of the ballpark, so it isn’t farfetched to think that he can have another season with an average over .285.
Gomes will be one of the best sleeper catchers to look for after the top names come off the board this spring. He will be a reliable starter in all formats and will quickly earn the respect of the fantasy world this year.
2014 Projection: .287 batting average, 19 HRs, 72 RBIs