Victor Martinez still top-3 catcher in Detroit 

November, 23, 2010

Victor Martinez has been one of the top catchers in fantasy baseball for years, so his leaving the Boston Red Sox to sign a four-year contract with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday shouldn't have much of an effect on his statistical value. Martinez is a reliable switch-hitter who annually hits for power and batting average, and when it comes at a scarce position for production such as catcher, fantasy owners are very interested.

Martinez, the No. 3 catcher and No. 47 player overall in ESPN average live drafts in 2010, hit .302 with 20 home runs and 79 RBIs this past season, numbers good enough to rank him second at the position on ESPN's Player Rater, behind only Joe Mauer. No other catcher hit 20 or more home runs and batted .300, and Martinez did miss a few weeks with a broken thumb. For 2011 drafts, there's little reason to think Martinez's numbers will change much, rendering him at the worst one of fantasy's top three catchers (behind Mauer and maybe Brian McCann) and a top-50 option.