Pre-Draft Player Rankings

37 Buster Posey (SF - C, 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 32.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 148 520 61 15 72 2 .294
2014 Projections 111 413 53 13 57 1 .303
3 Year Average 114 404 52 14 65 2 .312
Outlook: Posey didn't put up numbers close to his MVP season in 2012, but he still produced at an elite level for catchers in 2013. After posting a .325 average coupled with 13 homers and 56 RBI in the first half, many thought he could repeat his numbers from 2012. But that wasn't the case as Posey completely disappeared in the second half, hitting just .244 with just two home runs and 16 RBI after the All-Star break. There was no apparent injury to report with Posey, and he actually improved his BB/K (0.96) in the second half, so it is tough to pinpoint what exactly went wrong with the All-Star catcher. Despite his second-half struggles, Posey will remain one of the most consistent options at catcher in 2014.
55 Joe Mauer (Min - C, 1B, DH)
DL15
ADP: 55.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 113 445 62 11 47 0 .324
2014 Projections 118 440 58 8 52 2 .309
3 Year Average 114 429 60 8 54 3 .312
Outlook: Mauer will move to first base in 2014 as the Twins decided it was better to keep him healthy and in the lineup after his second injury-plagued season in three years. Mauer was having his typically productive season at the plate, but with a bit more power than usual (second best home run rate of his career) before suffering a concussion in late August. He wasn't able to play again during the season, but he's said to be back to full strength heading into spring training. Mauer has outstanding plate discipline (he was third in the AL in OBP) and an ability to drive the ball to all areas of the field. Although not a prodigious home run hitter, he has a strong enough bat to still be a positive player at first base as his OPS would have ranked sixth among AL first baseman. Whether the Twins will get enough value for his $23 million annual salary without his defense and bat at catcher remains uncertain. For fantasy purposes, he'll still qualify at catcher in almost all formats in 2014, and the elimination of his injury risk – always his biggest concern – should make him perhaps the top fantasy catcher. It's also possible that Mauer may still get behind the plate for a few games as the Twins have called his move to first base a “transition” and Mauer had resisted a move before the concussion. However, it's clear that Mauer's days as an everyday catcher are over, which will hurt his fantasy value in the long run. Still, his ability to hit for average and the added boost he'll get from playing nearly every day at first base should boost his fantasy value in 2014.
63 Carlos Santana (Cle - C, 1B, 3B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 62.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 154 541 75 20 74 3 .268
2014 Projections 154 566 73 18 66 3 .228
3 Year Average 151 533 77 22 76 4 .253
Outlook: Santana's gradual move from behind the plate was accelerated with the development of Yan Gomes, but he still figures to see enough action behind the plate to qualify in most formats for at least a few more years. The power he flashed back in 2011 may have been his peak, but he's still driving in and scoring runs at a nice clip for a catcher thanks to his hold on a place in the heart of the Cleveland lineup. Santana was reportedly unhappy about yielding a significant share of time behind the plate, but the move should help him avoid the bumps and bruises that tend to mount with heavy use at the position, while also boosting his offensive numbers. Look for his playing time to come in the form of a rotation between catcher, first base and DH again in 2014.
69 Yadier Molina (StL - C)
DL15
ADP: 63.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 136 505 68 12 80 3 .319
2014 Projections 124 491 59 15 67 5 .303
3 Year Average 138 495 63 16 74 6 .313
Outlook: Molina continued on as one of the best catchers in baseball in 2013 hitting .319 thanks to a somewhat high .338 BABIP (he posted marks of .311 and .316 during the previous two campaigns), but nothing to indicate an overwhelming drop in average is coming. He posted the lowest walk rate of his career at 5.5% and it looks like his power may be fading slightly as his HR/FB rate and ISO dropped. Molina struggled with some nagging injuries during the second half and that likely contributed to those numbers falling. Molina won his sixth straight Gold Glove and should still be a top-five fantasy catcher again heading into 2014, even if manager Mike Matheny elects to give his workhorse more consistent rest throughout the season.
81 Wilin Rosario (Col - C)
Healthy
ADP: 93.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 121 449 63 21 79 4 .292
2014 Projections 77 313 46 17 47 2 .268
3 Year Average 85 300 45 17 53 3 .277
Outlook: Despite being limited to 466 plate appearances due to late-season injuries, Rosario delivered his second consecutive 20-homer campaign, cementing himself as one of the top-tier fantasy catching options. While the power numbers were to be expected from the young catcher, his lofty .292 batting average was a more pleasant surprise. Much of that mark was aided by his unusually high .344 BABIP, and that combined with Rosario’s troubling 3.2 percent walk rate suggests some regression can probably be expected in that department. But even with a modest drop in batting average, Rosario’s uncommon power-hitting ability make him a coveted commodity at his position, though it remains to be seen how long he’ll remain catcher-eligible. Rosario has graded out as a well below-average defender the past two seasons, and his poor receiving skills were concerning enough for the Rockies to kick the tires on Carlos Ruiz in free agency before bowing out of the bidding. Unless he makes noticeable gains in 2014, a full-time switch to first base could be in his future, a move that could hurt his value in dynasty formats.
96 Jonathan Lucroy (Mil - C)
Healthy
ADP: 108.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 147 521 59 18 82 9 .280
2014 Projections 108 423 48 13 61 4 .286
3 Year Average 126 422 50 14 66 5 .284
Outlook: Though his name doesn’t often come up when discussing the top hitting catchers in the league, Lucroy finished the 2013 season with the ninth best OPS among catchers who saw at least 400 plate appearances, and more impressively, the most RBI. Each of Lucroy’s slash numbers dipped from the previous season, but he played in a career-best 147 games and showed good power with 49 extra-base hits overall. Lucroy figures to bat in the middle third of the Brewers’ order, and his power production could be a bargain for fantasy owners in the mid-to-later rounds.
106 Brian McCann (NYY - C, 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 98.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 102 356 43 20 57 0 .256
2014 Projections 115 442 48 22 65 2 .253
3 Year Average 117 420 46 21 65 2 .252
Outlook: Upon his return from offseason shoulder surgery in early May, McCann was blazing hot, with six home runs in his first 16 games. He had 12 homers by the All-Star break despite missing the first 30 games, but fizzled after the intermission, slashing just .220/.296/.384 over his final 177 at-bats. Still, McCann finished with 20 home runs, marking his sixth consecutive season reaching that number. McCann's 9.7 percent walk rate was in line with his career average (9.5 percent), but his strikeout rate jumped back up to 16.4 percent, up from 12.5 percent in 2012. At this point, the baseball world knows who McCann is; a powerful, pull-hitting, veteran backstop with above-average on-base skills, and the Yankees shelled out $85 million to acquire his services in the offseason. It's a perfect fit for both the Yankees, who relied on the likes of Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart last season, and McCann, as the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium should keep the power numbers coming. Further, he'll have the flexibility to work as a DH on days where the Yankees want to give him a respite from catching.
107 Salvador Perez (KC - C)
Healthy
ADP: 125.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 138 496 48 13 79 0 .292
2014 Projections 78 317 37 9 44 0 .309
3 Year Average 84 311 35 9 46 0 .302
Outlook: After an incredibly strong finish to the 2012 season, expectations for Perez ran very high heading into the 2013 season. He was always known to be a high-average hitter with strong contact rates but he also displayed a strong power surge that many thought would take longer to develop. Unfortunately, that power didn't materialize as expected last season. He ultimately finished the season batting .292 with 13 home runs (.141 ISO) and 79 RBI, numbers more reflective of expectations prior to the 2012 power surge. Perez doesn't walk or strikeout very often, so his on-base totals won't be huge unless he sees a spike in his BABIP. Still, his ability to put bat on ball and hit for a line drive rate above 20-percent, coupled with the fact that he'll hit in the heart of the Royals' lineup, should provide solid, above-average production from behind the plate.
141 Evan Gattis (Atl - LF, C)
Healthy
ADP: 139.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 105 354 44 21 65 0 .243
2014 Projections 120 476 62 28 83 0 .248
3 Year Average 105 354 44 21 65 0 .243
Outlook: An absolutely torrid spring earned Gattis a spot on the Braves' 2013 Opening Day roster, and he proceeded to hit .243/.291/.480 with 21 home runs and 65 RBI in 105 games as a 26-year-old rookie. It was improbable, to say the least, as he was just a few years removed from being completely out of baseball, working such jobs as a ski lift operator and a janitor, and he had logged just 207 at-bats above the High-A level. Gattis appears here to stay, however, because while he drew just 21 walks in 354 at-bats and posted a .678 OPS after the All-Star break, the power seems to be for real (.237 ISO), and he hit above .240 despite a .258 BABIP. Furthermore, he at least lessened concerns about his defense behind the plate and gained the confidence of his pitching staff in his game-calling abilities, while also proving to be at least a somewhat capable left fielder (four errors in 47 regular-season starts). The Braves let Brian McCann depart as a free agent, putting Gattis in line to open 2014 as the team's primary catcher and likely cleanup hitter, while he may see occasional starts in the outfield when he needs a break from catching duties. That said, Gattis will likely have his ups and downs again in his second season at the major league level, and he could eventually lose starts to the more athletically-gifted Christian Bethancourt, if he proves to be a liability behind the plate.
145 Matt Wieters (Bal - C)
DL15
ADP: 147.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 148 523 59 22 79 2 .235
2014 Projections 132 504 69 24 73 2 .274
3 Year Average 144 516 66 22 77 2 .248
Outlook: Wieters is everything the Orioles hoped he would be defensively. His bat has been a different story. Wieters has not hit above a pedestrian .262 in any of his four full seasons and he sank to a .287 OBP and an 86 wRC+ in 2013. A career 18.0% line drive rate has yielded just a .283 BABIP. The good news at the plate is that Wieters seems to be good for 20 home runs annually. Wieters has better splits against left-handed pitchers, though platooning at catcher is not usually feasible in fantasy leagues. Few catchers start more games than Wieters, and he will once again be counted on to carry a heavy workload as the Orioles have little in the way of talented backups capable of pushing him for at-bats.
166 Wilson Ramos (Was - C)
Healthy
ADP: 180.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 78 287 29 16 59 0 .272
2014 Projections 64 251 30 10 37 0 .275
3 Year Average 72 253 29 11 40 0 .269
Outlook: If anyone deserved to have a breakthrough campaign it was Ramos, the victim of a 2011 kidnapping. While his bat obliged, his hamstrings weren't as cooperative. Still, 16 home runs in just 287 at-bats is an eye-popping number for a catcher especially when it comes paired with a solid .272 batting average, so Ramos should be one of the first backstops off the board in fantasy drafts this year. Given his injury history we'd feel a little more comfortable if the Nationals had a reliable backup on the roster to ease his workload though.
191 Jason Castro (Hou - C, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 192.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 120 435 63 18 56 2 .276
2014 Projections 138 517 68 20 62 1 .280
3 Year Average 104 346 46 12 42 1 .269
Outlook: In 2013, Castro finally had the coming out party that many were expecting earlier in his career. Not only did he stay relatively healthy, appearing in a career-high 120 games before a cyst in his right knee forced him to miss most of September, he earned All-Star Game honors and won the American League Player of the Week award twice. Backed by a .276/.350/.485 slash line with 18 home runs and 56 RBI, Castro was one of the better offensive catchers in fantasy, especially since the Astros used him as a middle-of-the-order bat in their rebuilding lineup. The 26-year-old is expected to be ready for spring training and build off his success from last season.
216 Yan Gomes (Cle - C)
Healthy
ADP: 210.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 88 293 45 11 38 2 .294
2014 Projections 120 459 69 20 55 2 .283
3 Year Average 66 196 27 8 26 1 .270
Outlook: Gomes parlayed an injury to backup Lou Marson into a significant role with the Indians, hitting 11 homers in just 88 games and grabbing a larger chunk of the catching duties as the season wore on. He struggled to control the strike zone down the stretch (25 strikeouts in 90 plate appearances) as the scouting reports made the rounds, but Gomes still managed to punish mistakes. Over his limited time in the big leagues, Gomes has carried a low (5.5%) walk rate, and it should be noted that his .294/.345/.481 line is supported more by hard contact than a discerning eye at the plate. Carlos Santana expressed some displeasure with his decreased time behind the plate, but Gomes figures to get most of the time as the Indians' primary catcher while the team moves Santana to DH and first base on a more regular basis.
236 Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Mia - C)
Healthy
ADP: 216.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 121 425 68 14 65 4 .273
2014 Projections 105 412 62 18 60 1 .245
3 Year Average 115 396 58 18 60 2 .245
Outlook: Saltalamacchia enjoyed a career-best season for Boston in 2013, setting high-water marks in on-base percentage, slugging, OPS and RBI, while posting a .273 batting average. He was able to parlay that into a three-year deal from the Marlins, a contract length to which the Red Sox were unwilling to commit. For much of his career in Boston, Saltalamacchia was known for streaky hitting, power and high strikeout totals. The penchant for Ks remains, but he was a more consistent batter in 2013, and over the past three seasons, he's averaged 18 homers and 60 RBI. He also improved defensively during his time with Boston, finishing seventh in catcher's ERA in 2013.
246 A.J. Pierzynski (StL - C)
Healthy
ADP: 211.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 134 503 48 17 70 1 .272
2014 Projections 110 441 46 15 53 0 .265
3 Year Average 133 482 51 17 65 0 .278
Outlook: Pierzynski saw the expected drop in power from his career-high 27 homers in 2012, but he still took advantage of his home park to deliver 17 long balls for the Rangers during his only season in Texas. The Red Sox signed him to take over as their primary catcher in 2014, where he'll likely see the larger share of the workload ahead of David Ross. Pierzynski rarely shows patience at the plate (.297 OBP, 2.1% walk rate), and it will be very interesting to see if he can remain a threat to maintain his 2013 power numbers in his new home park.
249 Miguel Montero (Ari - C)
Healthy
ADP: 218.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 116 413 44 11 42 0 .230
2014 Projections 129 478 61 14 66 0 .270
3 Year Average 132 464 58 15 72 0 .267
Outlook: Montero had a horrid 2013 season, posting full-season career lows in average (.230), OBP (.318) and slugging (.344). By the end of May, he was droppable in shallowed mixed formats that utilize one catcher. It's hard to pinpoint just what the problem was for Montero, as his strikeout rate (23.2%) was in line with his 2012 mark, but the quality of his contact fell off as his .114 ISO was a 38-point drop from the previous campaign. Perhaps heavy workloads have taken their toll on Montero, and it's worth noting that he also spent time on the disabled with a back injury. If he's fully healthy during spring training, it's reasonable to think that a bounce back is on tap given his track record of providing steady power numbers near the heart of the Arizona lineup.
260 Travis d'Arnaud (NYM - C)
Healthy
ADP: 220.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 31 99 4 1 5 0 .202
2014 Projections 136 533 54 18 71 0 .278
3 Year Average 31 99 4 1 5 0 .202
Outlook: D'Arnaud, the centerpiece of the R.A. Dickey deal, heads into 2014 with major questions. He suffered an injury that sidelined him a good portion of the season for the second year in a row - this time, it was a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot that kept him out three months. When he was promoted, his defense was better than advertised, but his offense was near non-existent; he hit just .202 with one home run and five RBI over 112 at-bats in 31 games in the majors. Despite that, he will enter 2014 as the Mets' starting catcher, though Kevin Plawecki is starting to gain some favor as the best catcher in the team's system.
271 Russell Martin (Pit - C)
Healthy
ADP: 218.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 127 438 51 15 55 9 .226
2014 Projections 116 439 50 18 54 6 .219
3 Year Average 128 426 53 18 58 8 .225
Outlook: Martin is an ultimate gamer, a catcher who refuses to sit at the detriment of his offensive numbers. The free-agent pickup batted .255/.357/.410 with 11 homers, 55 RBI and nine stolen bases through Aug. 15. A chronic knee injury caught up to him, however, and his numbers dropped off the table thereafter -- he hit .138/.234/.275 in 109 at-bats, with just one unsuccessful stolen base attempt. Martin finished with a .226 batting average and has hit a combined .225 over the last three seasons. Mostly likely, that trend will continue in 2014, as will his ability to hit double-digit homers and steal close to 10 bases.
278 Devin Mesoraco (Cin - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 103 323 31 9 42 0 .238
2014 Projections 130 508 49 17 58 0 .236
3 Year Average 58 179 18 5 21 0 .223
Outlook: A panoply of injuries to Ryan Hanigan provided more chances for Mesoraco in 2013, but unfortunately he wasn't able to hit much better than in his rookie season. Mesoraco hit far better at home (.759 OPS) than on the road (.564), and better against lefties (.874) than righties (.576). The Reds signaled that they believe Mesoraco is ready to take over the starting job for 2014 by acquiring Brayan Pena to be his backup and trading Ryan Hanigan to Tampa Bay. Catchers typically develop at a slower pace and Mesoraco in particular has usually needed an adjustment period at each level, but the time for him to turn potential into production is now.
283 Carlos Ruiz (Phi - C)
Healthy
ADP: 220.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 92 310 30 5 37 1 .268
2014 Projections 92 348 43 8 40 1 .290
3 Year Average 113 364 45 9 48 2 .294
Outlook: Ruiz began last year by serving a 25-game suspension for a second positive amphetamine test. He got off to a slow start when he returned to the active roster, and did not hit his first home run until July. He was at his best in August, when he hit .333 with four home runs, but then he slowed down again in September. His five home runs were a disappointment after he hit 16 in 2012. The 2012 breakout was fueled by a 15.1 percent HR/FB rate, which was out of line with his career average. He was near a career-low rate last season at 5.5 percent, but that mark is more in line with his 7.4 percent career average. Ruiz is unlikely to return to his lofty 2012 home run rate again, but his overall skill set is solid for a catcher. He will hit for a decent average, provide a little power, and play around five or six times a week, which helps contribute to counting stats.
301 Ryan Doumit (Atl - C, RF, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 220.4
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 135 485 49 14 55 1 .247
2014 Projections 101 393 39 12 46 0 .257
3 Year Average 115 396 41 13 53 0 .268
Outlook: Doumit played in a career-high number of games in 2013. While his offense appeared to decline, he basically had the same season as 2012 except for about 15 fewer base hits, which may largely be explained by a slight decline in BABIP. He does not have great plate discipline, but he makes good contact and has always hit for power when healthy. Doumit's defense behind the plate is below average, but his bat is strong enough to justify the drop-off. However, it's not clear how much catcher he'll play in 2014. Doumit didn't play catcher after he went on the DL for a concussion in early August, and he says he's had several concussions in his career. He was traded to Atlanta in the offseason and he'll give the Braves defensive versatility and insurance at catcher behind Evan Gattis. He'll still qualify at catcher for fantasy purposes in 2014, and he'll offer some pop from the position, but his batting average could be a risk.
314 A.J. Ellis (LAD - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 115 390 43 10 52 0 .238
2014 Projections 82 303 29 8 33 0 .248
3 Year Average 93 299 32 8 38 0 .258
Outlook: Ellis took a bit of a step back in 2013, batting .238/.318/.364 and dropping 105 points of OPS from 2012. He displayed excellent plate discipline again with a 10.0 percent walk rate, and his 10 home runs were in line with expectations, but a drop in his BABIP from .333 to .275 led to the sub-.240 average. He's in line to be the team's starter in 2014, but Ellis will turn 33 soon after the season begins, so unless he picks things up in the first half, don't be surprised to see the Dodgers look to upgrade behind the plate.
341 John Buck (LAA - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 110 392 39 15 62 2 .222
2014 Projections 98 369 33 13 47 0 .211
3 Year Average 119 400 36 14 53 1 .215
Outlook: The 33-year-old Buck spent most of 2013 with the Mets, where he reached double-digit homers for the fourth straight year and eighth time in 10 seasons. That's basically where the fun starts and stops. Nine of his 15 homers came in April. From May 5 to the end of the season, he batted .205 with five homers, 33 RBI and a .566 OPS in 297 at-bats. For the year, Buck compiled a .219 batting average split between New York and Pittsburgh, which was only slightly lower than his career mark (.234). His durability makes it possible that he plays in at least 100 games for the ninth time in 2014, but his fall-off means owners should approach Buck with caution and consider him more of an in-season waiver wire pickup than anything else. After signing with the Mariners in January, Buck is projected to work in tandem with Mike Zunino this season.
352 Alex Avila (Det - C)
Healthy
ADP: 220.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 102 330 39 11 47 0 .227
2014 Projections 104 384 45 13 51 1 .260
3 Year Average 120 387 48 13 59 2 .258
Outlook: Avila followed up his disappointing 2012 campaign with another lackluster showing in 2013. He finished the season hitting a career-low .227 with 11 homers and 47 RBI in 330 at-bats. The 27-year-old catcher saw a noticeable drop in plate discipline, as his BB/K ratio dropped from 0.59 to 0.39 and his contact rate dipped to a career-worst 66 percent. Minor injuries and a prolonged hitting slump in the first half of the season led to a drop in playing time, allowing Avila to appear in just 102 games – his lowest total since 2010. Despite seemingly hitting rock bottom in the first half of the season (.177/.279/.293), Avila was able to bounce back after the All-Star break. In 44 second-half games, Avila hit .303/.376/.500 with five homers and 26 RBI. At 27, Avila is seemingly just entering his prime, and his strong finish to the 2013 season hints that he could still revert back to the breakout form displayed during his All-Star campaign in 2011. He’s once again locked in as the Tigers’ primary catcher, which will lead to plenty of at-bats if he’s able to stay healthy.
356 Chris Iannetta (LAA - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 115 325 40 11 39 0 .225
2014 Projections 82 295 38 11 37 2 .231
3 Year Average 102 297 39 11 40 2 .232
Outlook: Iannetta headed into the 2013 season having inked a three-year, $15.5 million contract extension just a few months prior. Looking for a bounce-back season as the Angels' starting catcher, Iannetta posted an identical OPS (.730) to that of his 2012 season, when a broken wrist caused him to play in only 79 games. Iannetta's once prodigious power may have been a creation of Coors Field, as he failed to slug .400 for the second straight year with the Halos, but his elite plate discipline will likely keep him in the game, as he posted a career-high walk rate (17.0%) in 2013, which ranked him second in the majors to Joey Votto among batters with a minimum of 350 plate appearances. A career-low .198 batting average against right-handed pitchers forced a platoon situation midseason, with Hank Conger taking some of Iannetta's at-bats against righties, but he should have the opportunity to win the job back in 2014, as he undoubtedly opened some eyes with his .286/.375/.536 line in September.
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