2011 Player Rankings: Catchers

The 2011 baseball season is almost upon us, so we here at RotoGraphs put our collective heads together to come up with some aggregate positional rankings.  I’ll be taking the lead all year with the catchers, but as a group, here’s what we came up with for now:

Penthouse on Park Avenue
Joe Mauer
Brian McCann
Buster Posey
Victor Martinez

Despite last year’s power decline, we know the potential is there so Mauer gets the nod for the top spot.  Welcome to the big time, Buster!

Comfy Living
Carlos Santana
Geovany Soto
Mike Napoli
Jorge Posada
Matt Wieters

Happy to have any one of these guys on my roster.  Santana is on the rise, but this could be the last chance for Wieters in the fantasy trust department.

Small House in the ‘Burbs
Kurt Suzuki
Miguel Montero
Chris Iannetta
Russell Martin
Carlos Ruiz
John Buck
Yadier Molina

Stable group of guys who can just tow the line for your backstop position.  Martin could be a nice sleeper in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.

Shoebox Apartment
John Jaso
A.J. Pierzynski
Miguel Olivo
Ryan Doumit
J.P. Arencibia
Josh Thole
Rod Barajas
Ryan Hanigan
Jesus Montero

No major investment needs to be made here.  Some will rise, some will fall.  Arencibia’s power potential puts him at the top of the sleeper list.

Sharing a Room
Yorvit Torrealba
Jarrod Saltalamcchia
Jonathan Lucroy
Alex Avila
Nick Hundley
Chris Snyder

Maybe a pair of diamonds in the rough in Lucroy and Snyder, but I wouldn’t want to invest more than a buck on the rest of the lot.

Jason Kendall
Jason Castro
Ramon Hernandez
Kelly Shoppach
Wilson Ramos
Ivan Rodriguez

You’ve got to be pretty desperate to be living with these guys on your roster.

We’ll all be chiming in throughout the week with more detailed thoughts on some of the backstops and the overall rankings will be updated on a monthly basis, so stay tuned for more!

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Wieters will be pushing the Penthouse on Park Avenue tier by the end of the season, count on it.