2014 Outlook: A torn ACL suffered during a mid-July collision at the plate ended Grandal's 2013 prematurely, but as 2014 camps dawned, all indications were that he should be fully healed from surgery either on, or shortly after, Opening Day. The San Diego Padres will surely take a conservative approach to his rehabilitation, perhaps putting him on the DL and/or sending him for minor league seasoning initially, but Grandal remains the clear future for this team behind the plate. His keen batting eye makes him a sneaky future source of batting average and on-base percentage, and with further promising reports on his health in March, he might be quite the No. 2 catcher stash in NL-only leagues. Stephania Bell: Collisions at the plate like the one that ended Grandal's 2013 campaign, which resulted in a torn right ACL and MCL, are the reason that rules change. He has made excellent strides and wants to be behind the plate Opening Day, but the team will ultimately make the call, based on how his knee progresses through spring training.
Addendum (3/12): Grandal has begun playing in spring training games making an Opening Day return a possibility. But he still has to demonstrate he can handle the workload of a full game without issue.
2014 Outlook: Despite losing the job to Josh Phegley late last season, Flowers is the leading candidate to be the White Sox's opening-day catcher. He's got some pop but a horrendous contact rate puts your batting average, and his job, in jeopardy.
2014 Outlook: Iannetta again rewarded the cagey owners deploying him in points or on-base percentage leagues, as he walked a career-high 17 percent of the time he stepped to the plate. However, he did not fare so well in standard batting average formats, hitting a meager .225. Iannetta does have double-digit pop potential, so if you can buffer his average (or convince your league to switch to on-base percentage), Iannetta can help add some cheap power from the catcher position in leagues requiring a pair of backstops.
2014 Outlook: Conger possesses a decent amount of offensive upside, but his defensive limitations are what lock him annually into a part-timer's role, capping his fantasy value as a low-end No. 2 catcher in AL-only leagues. He tends to receive most of his at-bats against right-handers, so those in daily leagues might squeeze some additional value from him.
2014 Outlook: Arencibia set two unfortunate single-season records in 2013: His .227 on-base percentage and his 29.8 percent strikeout rate were the worst by any player with at least 120 games caught. Let that simmer before you look at his 62 home runs the past three seasons combined, fourth-most among catcher-eligibles, or consider how his new home, Rangers Ballpark, might enhance that particular skill. The truth is that Arencibia's bat has as many holes as it has power, and the move from Toronto to Texas isn't the sizable advantage it might seem. He is a player who can do harm in leagues that count batting average, on-base percentage or strikeouts despite the good in the home run or RBI categories; and as Geovany Soto might be a more sound all-around backstop in Texas, Arencibia's homer total might tumble along with his at-bats.
2014 Outlook: After four disappointing seasons to begin his pro career, Phegley broke out in Triple-A Charlotte early last year, batting .316/.368/.597 with 15 home runs in 61 games, earning a chance to capture the starting-catcher gig in Chicago. He'll have to earn his playing time again in 2014, and if he does his history of low walk rates threatens to harm his batting average and make him susceptible to streaks. Phegley has enough power potential to be a viable No. 2 option in AL-only formats, partly thanks to his hitter-friendly home ballpark, but don't mistake his ceiling for that of a potential All-Star.
2014 Outlook: Suzuki may be only 30 years old, but averaging 140 games with more than 565 plate appearances a season from 2008-11 has apparently taken its toll. Suzuki's contact is as strong as ever, but what little power he had has waned. Suzuki will be tasked with holding down the fort until Josmil Pinto is ready to assume the regular backstop duties in Minnesota now that Joe Mauer has vacated the spot. He's viable as a second catcher in deep formats requiring two, just be ready to look elsewhere once the at-bats dwindle.
2014 Outlook: It may take a few weeks, but Pacheco is expected to regain catcher eligibility, spelling Wilin Rosario once or twice a week. While he won't provide much in the way of production, Pacheco makes good contact so he won't damage your average. You'll need an option to use in the interim, but once he gains catcher eligibility, Pacheco is the ideal won't-hurt-you type as a second receiver in NL-only formats.
2014 Outlook: Montero's days in Seattle could be coming to an end. That's what happens when you show up to camp 40 pounds overweight following a season that featured a PED suspension and injury. At least short term, the plan is for Montero to learn how to play first base. But considering how many options the Mariners have at the position, Montero probably will play at Triple-A.
2014 Outlook: While Yasmani Grandal is still the future starting catcher for San Diego, a suspension followed by an injury has kept Hundley in the lead role. Hundley could begin the season in the lead role again as Grandal may not be ready. The eventuality of Grandal returning should render Hundley a cheap option for a second catcher in standard NL-only formats.
2014 Outlook: Lobaton's role as Jose Molina's platoon partner came to an end after Tampa acquired Ryan Hanigan. But Lobaton's improved 2013 campaign impressed Washington enough to trade for Lobaton to be the backup to Wilson Ramos. Barring an injury to Ramos, Lobaton won't get the same playing time as last season, yielding him waiver-wire fodder even in deep leagues using two catchers.
2014 Outlook: With John Jaso expected to primarily serve as Oakland's designated hitter, Vogt should at least split time with Derek Norris behind the dish. As such, he is an end-game choice for a second catcher in standard, AL-only formats since he should hit for an average that won't impart too much damage.