Originally Posted by KC_Connection
Mauer isn't nearly as good defensively as those 3, but I'd probably rank him 4th anyway for the bat.
Depends on who the real Carlos Ruiz is.
If Chooch is legit and can repeat his offensive successes of last season (or even 90% of them), he has to be in the conversation with the top 3 guys. He's a premier defensive catcher, great leader and ultimately a sound fundamental hitter.
And by next season, I anticipate that Jonathan Lucroy will pass Mauer as well. He's not at an elite level defensively, but still plenty good. He's also going to develop into a very nice hitter and probably #5 style hitter.
It's a pretty decent time for quality catchers, despite the fact that so many of the best hitters among them (Ruiz, Posey, Montero, V-Mart, etc...) are spending time at 1b and/or DH to save the wear and tear.