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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Claim Jarrod Saltalamacchia While He’s Still Available

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia is having one of his best seasons with the Miami Marlins. In 31 games, he is batting .299 with a .400 on-base percentage, six home runs and 12 RBI. Batting fifth in a powerful lineup has helped Saltalamacchia become one of the best-hitting catchers in the game today.

To be fair, everyone on the Marlins is hitting very well. Seven batters have double-digit RBI totals. Saltalamacchia has the second-highest batting average. In the last 10 games, Saltalamacchia has three home runs and six RBI while hitting  for a .394 average.

Saltalamacchia is the No. 1 catcher on the ESPN Player Rater. He’s ahead of top names like Buster Posey, Yadier Molina and Evan Gattis. He is also the 25th-best overall player after a little more than a month into the 2014 season.

Saltalamacchia is owned in just over 50 percent of ESPN.com leagues. There has been a huge increase in his ownership, jumping 47.3 percent in the last couple of weeks because of injured catchers like Joe Mauer or Matt Wieters, forcing owners to find a replacement.

Saltalamacchia is becoming more disciplined at the plate, drawing 17 walks so far this season. His career-high on-base percentage was .352 back in 2008. He is also on pace to score 94 runs, which would crush in previous high of 68 from last season.

If you are in need of a catcher who is producing at a high level, then go out and claim Saltalamacchia. He is hitting behind Giancarlo Stanton and Jones, allowing for him to drive in more runs. His ownership percentage is getting higher by the day, so grab him while you have the chance.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.