With the month of April in the books, now is the time to reflect on the tumultuous month that saw some of the biggest names in the sport either not play, or reach the disabled list. The catcher position has always been a difficult one to decipher and it is common to find the highest ranked catchers struggle, leaving their fantasy GM's searching for replacements. While some players like Brian McCann and Alex Avila have faltered through the opening month, while others have been amazing for fantasy GM's. Which three catchers can say they had the best month of April?
1. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
The top ranked fantasy catcher through the opening month is one of the major players in the Cardinals offense without Albert Pujols. The Cardinals are 14-8 through the first month and should be able to continue their success as long as Molina continues to produce. He finished the month hitting .316 with four home runs, 15 RBIs and 14 runs scored. In 2011, he had a great season and looks to be following it up in 2012.
After a devastating home-plate collision cost Posey his sophomore season, he has found a way to rebound and become a major player for the Giants. The Giants went 12-10 in April and Posey has been the backstop for 19 of the games. He had a great bounce back month, hitting .353 with four home runs and nine RBIs. His OPS is currently at 1.016, showing that his injury hasn't bothered him this season.
3. A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox
Despite being ranked in Yahoo leagues as the sixth best catcher in the sport through April, Pierzynski gets the nod as the third best catcher in the league. He has been as big of a surprise at the position as anyone else in the sport, doing his part to lead the Sox to an 11-11 record. He hit .309 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in April, seeing his average reach .400. In his past 10 games, he has just seven hits and four RBIs and has been without a homer during that span, but he should still be considered one of the better options at the position.
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Hobson Lopes has been playing fantasy baseball for more than 10 years and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.