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May Catcher Rankings

Monday, May 2, 2011

Welcome to the May rankings. Players are ranked based on how much value I believe they'll provide in 5x5 leagues over the rest of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.

Click to see other May rankings:
Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH


Falling off: Brayan Pena (No. 37)

  • Martinez is expected back from his groin strain on Wednesday, so get him active this week.

  • Mauer should return before much longer, but given that he's lost some strength due to his viral infection, I'm not sure we'll see much power from him anytime soon. I strongly considered ranking him behind Santana as well.

  • Even though Posada is batting just .133, I couldn't see dropping him significantly. The power is still there, obviously, and while he'll lose some starts to Eric Chavez in the short-term, I don't think they Yankees are going to pull the plug on him.

  • I'm happy to see Ramos starting over Rodriguez in Washington, but I don't think he's anywhere near this good of a hitter. My guess is that he'll maintain a solid average, but that he won't reach double figures in homers. For what it's worth, I had him at .269-5-32 in 290 at-bats in my preseason projections.

  • Catchers
    RankPlayer NameTeamApril
    1 Buster Posey Giants 2
    2 Victor Martinez Tigers 3
    3 Joe Mauer Twins 1
    4 Carlos Santana Indians 4
    5 Brian McCann Braves 5
    6 Russell Martin Yankees 13
    7 Jorge Posada Yankees 6
    8 Matt Wieters Orioles 8
    9 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks 11
    10 Mike Napoli Rangers 10
    11 Geovany Soto Cubs 9
    12 Kurt Suzuki Athletics 7
    13 Chris Iannetta Rockies 12
    14 Miguel Olivo Mariners 15
    15 Yadier Molina Cardinals 17
    16 Alex Avila Tigers 23
    17 Nick Hundley Padres 19
    18 A.J. Pierzynski White Sox 14
    19 John Buck Marlins 18
    20 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 22
    21 Rod Barajas Dodgers 24
    22 Josh Thole Mets 16
    23 Yorvit Torrealba Rangers 25
    24 John Jaso Rays 20
    25 J.P. Arencibia Blue Jays 27
    26 Ramon Hernandez Reds 28
    27 Wilson Ramos Nationals 31
    28 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 29
    29 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Red Sox 21
    30 Hank Conger Angels 41
    31 Ryan Doumit Pirates 26
    32 Ryan Hanigan Reds 35
    33 Chris Snyder Pirates 32
    34 J.R. Towles Astros 39
    35 Jeff Mathis Angels 30
    36 Jason Varitek Red Sox 40
    37 Ivan Rodriguez Nationals 33
    38 Kelly Shoppach Rays 34
    39 Jason Kendall Royals 36
    40 Ramon Castro White Sox 38

    Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.
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