I figured that since the 2010 fantasy baseball season is winding down, it might be a good idea to take a quick look ahead to 2011. We’ll work on churning out the early top ten lists this week while keeping in mind that a lot could change over the offseason.
Early top 10 catchers for 2011…
1. Joe Mauer – While the power numbers have faded, everything else remains top-notch. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he hit 20 home runs next season.
2. Brian McCann – Lock in 20 home runs. He is just now hitting his prime seasons.
3. Victor Martinez – Injuries hampered his overall numbers and it is yet to be seen where he will end up this offseason. Still a consistent fantasy producer.
4. Carlos Santana – A bad knee injury knocked him out of the 2010 season, but that will only help keep his draft stock low in 2011. He has been compared to a young Victor Martinez at the plate, only Santana has upside to be even better.
5. Mike Napoli – This ranking is based on my belief that Napoli will be traded this offseason and receive more at bats with his new team. The chance for 30 home runs gives him the slight edge over Posey.
6. Buster Posey – Went crazy at the plate once called-up from triple-A, but has cooled in late August/early September. Should be a fine source of .300/15-18, but hold off expectations based on his 2010 numbers.
7. Geovany Soto – Vastly improved conditioning and plate discipline. Only injuries and Sweet Lou have held him back this season.
8. Miguel Montero – A winter of rest should help him be a force once again in 2011.
9. Matt Wieters – Still has the potential to breakout. Has improved slightly over last two seasons.
10. Kurt Suzuki – BABIP way down this season, so look for him to bounce back to .275/15.
Jorge Posada – Old and injury risk even higher in 2011.
John Buck – Hard to imagine him hitting .270-plus again.
Miguel Olivo – See above.
Carlos Ruiz – .329 BABIP should regress in 2011.