Buster PoseyWhether you are playing in free fantasy baseball leagues or cash fantasy baseball leagues, finding a great catcher is critically important. Here are some tips which can help you in both free and cash fantasy baseball:

1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
The National League MVP was the first catcher since Ernie Lombardi of the Boston Braves in 1942 to win the NL batting title. His 103 RBI topped all catchers, his 78 runs were second best and his 24 homers tied for fourth.  Posey started 29 games at first base, enabling him to play 148 games.

2. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Mauer hit .319, just shy of his career .323 BA. His 85 RBI tied for his second best and he scored 81 runs. Mauer’s 10 HR were consistent with his usual output except for his outlier 28 in 2009. Thanks to playing about half his games at 1B or DH, Mauer played in a career-high 147 games with a career-high 641 plate appearances.

3. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Santana’s HR fell to 18 from 27 in 2011 while his BA rose slightly from .239 to .252. Santana had 13 HR, 46 RBI and a .281 BA after a first half of 5-30-.221.

4. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Two years ago, Molina’s career high in HR was 7. Then he hit 14 in 2011 and 22 in 2012. He also hit double-digital steals in 2012 for the first time with 12. While Molina’s .315 BA was also a career high, it was his third .300 season.

5. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Martinez missed all of 2012 with a knee injury. He is expected to DH for the most part, which will cost him C eligibility in some leagues.  Martinez’ HR dropped to 12 in his first season in Detroit in 2011, but he hit .330 and has a career BA of .301. He figures to hit in the middle of the order with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.

6. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
Wieters’ 23 HR and 83 RBI were career highs, but his BA fell to .249 from .262 in 2011. He hit .323 vs. lefties but just .224 vs. righties. Wieters turns 27 in May.

7. Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies
Rosario was fourth in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after leading all catchers with 28 HR and hitting .270 with 71 RBI in just 117 games. He hit .291 after the break.  Rosario had a .957 OPS in Colorado vs. .722 on the road.

8. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks
Montero hit 15 HR and batted .286, his third season in four that he had 15 HR and hit at least .280. His 88 RBI were his second straight time over 85. Montero’s Ks were up, but so were his walks.

9. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Napoli’s 24 HR marked his fifth straight season of 20 or more HR. But his .227 BA was his second year in the last three of hitting below .240. Napoli’s career BA is .259. Napoli had a higher OPS and more HR on the road than at home in both of his seasons in Texas.

10. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
Perez missed most of the first half with a knee injury, then returned in June and hit .301 with 11 HR, 39 RBI and 38 runs in 76 games.  In his first season in 2011, Perez hit .331 in 39 games. So far, Perez has a .393 BA vs. lefties and .283 vs. righties.  Perez turns 23 in May.

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