June Catcher RankingsMonday, June 06, 2011
Welcome to the June 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 June rankings: Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DHCatchersFalling off: Buster Posey
(No. 1), Jason Kendall
(No. 39), Ramon Castro
I really struggled with the guys ranked 10th through 16th. I didn't want to drop either Soto or Suzuki very far, and I'm not really sold on either Arencibia or Avila. I settled on Arencibia over Avila because even though I think he might hit .230-.240 the rest of the way, the power production should stick around. He has more run and RBI potential than Avila, though my guess is that Avila will have the higher OPS the rest of the way.
I didn't give a whole lot of thought to dropping Posada down to that tier. It's possible the Yankees will give up on him if he's still hitting under .200 a month for now, but there's still a lot of upside there.
I also didn't want to overreact to Salty's recent play. I've never given up on his bat, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's a top-12 catcher the rest of the way. But given his history, I also wouldn't be surprised if he slumps again and the Red Sox end up trading for someone to start over him.
Even though the Orioles gave up on him, Fox sneaks on to the list at No. 38. He's not expected to clear waivers, and he might end up with a bigger role with a different American League team. Now that he's catcher eligible, he's a real sleeper.