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2008 Fantasy Preview: AL-Only Catchers
02/06/2008 10:23 AM ET
Below is a chart of every AL catcher covered in MLB.com's 2008 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that includes established big leaguers and up-and-coming prospects.

The list features dollar values compiled by our MLB.com staff based on standard 23-man, $260, 5x5 AL-league play. We included projected stats for the 2008 season as well as a one-liner prediction that encapsulates every player's value in 10 words or fewer. This page will be updated throughout the spring to reflect the impact of inevitable transactions, injuries and changing job situations.

An indispensable part of the draft-day kit, the cheat sheet can make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy league. With quick-hitting rankings and forecasts, it'll help you keep the remaining players on the board in order as the draft wears on. The last thing you want to be doing is flipping through some magazine when it's your turn to pick.

So play fair, but don't forget your cheat sheet when you head to your draft.

Stats listed are 2008 projections.    
AL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed C | NL C
 Catchers TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
Victor Martinez CLE 29 .300 81 28 100 0 Durable, consistent All-Star in prime of career.
Joe Mauer MIN 24 .328 74 15 89 8 Has potential to be big difference-maker.
Jorge Posada NYY 18 .280 80 17 80 1 Don't anticipate repeat of '07
Kenji Johjima SEA 15 .290 60 15 65 0 Likely to continue delivering steady numbers.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia TEX 14 .264 59 18 63 0 Talented youngster could top 20 HR.
Mike Napoli LAA 11 .251 59 22 71 7 Could be in for big season.
Jason Varitek BOS 10 .259 55 13 65 1 Still good, but age may catch up to him soon.
Ivan Rodriguez DET 10 .277 60 8 70 2 Diminishing skills offset by RBI opportunities.
A.J. Pierzynski CWS 9 .273 55 13 59 0 Veteran workhorse provides steady numbers.
Ramon Hernandez BAL 8 .266 60 15 73 0 Should bounce back with return to health.
John Buck KC 6 .257 51 16 64 0 Career likely still on upswing.
Dioner Navarro TB 5 .258 51 13 60 2 Intriguing option following strong finish to '07.
Kurt Suzuki OAK 5 .268 55 12 61 0 Chance to realize potential on rebuilding squad.
Mike Piazza* FA 3 .258 34 11 41 0 Future HOFer still looking for home.
Gregg Zaun TOR 3 .259 47 11 55 0 Still productive, though age is a concern.
Miguel Olivo KC 3 .255 23 8 24 2 Former starter headed for backup duty.
Kelly Shoppach CLE 2 .260 25 6 30 0 Will need trade to fulfill offensive potential.
Gerald Laird TEX 2 .250 38 8 42 4 Defense ensures decent PT.
Jeff Mathis LAA 1 .250 25 5 25 0 Offense has yet to catch up to defense.
Jeff Clement SEA 1 .250 23 6 25 0 Backstop with pop doesn't have place to play.
Rod Barajas TOR 1 .243 12 2 10 0 Won't provide much value as backup.
Mike Redmond MIN 1 .283 20 0 24 0 Mauer insurance.
Taylor Teagarden TEX 1 .244 5 1 5 0 Coming off huge year, needs to stay healthy
Doug Mirabelli BOS 1 .195 5 2 9 0 Specialty catcher has no value.
Toby Hall CWS 1 .264 10 3 12 0 Could bounce back with respectable AVG.
Rob Bowen OAK 1 .248 17 3 12 0 Will see AB if Kurt Suzuki struggles.
Curtis Thigpen TOR 1 .260 10 2 12 2 Could begin '08 at Triple-A.
Jose Molina NYY 1 .260 8 1 6 0 Won't duplicate surprising '07 numbers.
Matt Wieters BAL 1 -- -- -- -- -- 07 first-rounder will move up quickly.
Sal Fasano TOR 1 .199 8 1 6 0 Veteran influence provides little fantasy help.

*DH only

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