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Fantasy Baseball 2011: AL/NL-Only Catcher Rankings

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I published my 2011 Catcher Rankings here, so here are my AL and NL-only catcher rankings for 2011.

NL-Only

Buster Posey, SFG

Brian McCann, ATL

Geovany Soto, CHC

Miguel Montero, ARI

John Buck, FLA

Carlos Ruiz, PHI

Chris Iannetta, COL

Ryan Doumit, PIT

Yadier Molina, STL

Josh Thole, NYM

Wilson Ramos, WAS

Ramon Hernandez, CIN

AL-only catcher rankings and some commentary after the jump:

AL-Only

Carlos Santana, CLE

Joe Mauer, MIN

Victor Martinez, DET

Mike Napoli, TEX

Kurt Suzuki, OAK

Matt Wieters, BAL

J.P. Arencibia, TOR

Jorge Posada, NYY

John Jaso, TB

A.J. Pierzynski, CHW

Miguel Olivo, SEA

Brayan Pena, KC

Yeah, I am higher on Posey and Santana than others, but have confidence they both will hit for good power and a solid BA. The AL has several guys in Jesus Montero and J.P. Arencibia who could break out this year.

I think Santana is #1 in the AL due to his power advantage over Mauer, he can match Mauer in the RBI category and he can hit for a very good average as well. Napoli has a shot to lead all catchers in HRs should he get full time at bats in Texas.

You can see that I included Jesus Montero in the rankings, as it appears he could get a shot to start if Russell Martin starts the season on the disabled list. I am down on Martin and don't think he will produce enough to be ranked in the top 12 in the AL.

Geovany Soto has a shot to get 500 at bats this season. I remember buying his breakout 2008 season and drafted him in the 4th round of one of my NL-only leagues. That didn't turn out so well for me. Miguel Montero could battle for the #3 spot in the NL hitting in Arizona's hitter friendly Chase Field.