Top 10 Catchers going into 2016

7. Russell Martin, Blue Jays

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Russell Martin likely wasn’t totally thrilled about his first year in Toronto as his average dropped 50 points and his OBP dropped 73 points from 2014, but he still had pretty darn good numbers. His .240/.329/.458 slash isn’t awful for a catcher, and his 23 long balls were a career high. If there’s anything that was really frustrating for Russell Martin, it’d be his ugly .154 average in the Jays postseason run to the ALCS. Still though, there’s a plenty good chance the Ontario native can improve for next year.

Martin drove in 77 runs last year, his most since 2007  and had a fairly solid 3.3 WAR. On top of that, he’ll likely become more comfortable with his role as a bottom-of-the-order hitter rather than a prominent run producer. The veteran had an ugly 19 passed balls last year, but he also still possesses one of the best arms in baseball, cutting down 44 percent of runners that tried to steal on him.

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