Catcher is typically a shallow position and therefore owners will reach quite early to get one. This season is a little bit different. The top guys are clear-cut but you can still find sleepers later in a draft. You should have no issue finding a catcher that should come close to hitting 20 home runs this season if that is the direction you want to go.
Clearly, you cannot do better than Buster Posey as your starting catcher. Great average, power, mixed in with a great on base percentage (which in turn translate into runs) makes him our top choice. After that we love Carlos Santana to bounce back and possibly lead all catcher in home runs this year while a guy like Joe Mauer is great in leagues that put an emphasis on batting average. Now if you don’t get a top guy at a good spot, no worries, we love many players you can get later. Matt Wieters should continue to grow as a player and early this spring training Victor Martinez is looking like a solid comeback player after missing all of last season.
Personally, I am waiting and will grab Wilson Rosario or Salvador Perez in the later rounds, both of these guys have a ton of upside. Salvador Perez was a player we loved coming into last year but he got hurt. Upon his return he hit for a great average and showed his bat certainly had some pop. Out of all of our sleepers Perez is one of favorite to have a breakout campaign. Rosario is a player that is flying up draft boards so if you are going to wait you have to grab him a few rounds prior than Perez, in less than 400 at bats he hit 28 home runs and is always getting the fact he plays in Colorado bump as well.
Draft Day Advice
As you can tell we are all about waiting on a catcher this season but that does not mean to pass on the top guys if they keep slipping. In early mock drafts we have seen many owners deciding to wait on catcher and therefore the top guys are slipping to the middle rounds (except for Buster Posey) if you can get a stud in the late middle rounds then change the game plan and do not pass on that value.