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June Catcher Rankings

Monday, 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 | DH

Catchers

Falling off: Buster Posey (No. 1), Jason Kendall (No. 39), Ramon Castro (No. 40)

  • 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.


  • RankCatcherTeam2011May
    1 Victor Martinez Tigers 3 2
    2 Brian McCann Braves 5 5
    3 Joe Mauer Twins 1 3
    4 Carlos Santana Indians 4 4
    5 Russell Martin Yankees 13 6
    6 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks 11 9
    7 Matt Wieters Orioles 8 8
    8 Jorge Posada Yankees 6 7
    9 Mike Napoli Rangers 10 10
    10 Chris Iannetta Rockies 12 13
    11 J.P. Arencibia Blue Jays 27 25
    12 Geovany Soto Cubs 9 11
    13 Yadier Molina Cardinals 17 15
    14 Kurt Suzuki Athletics 7 12
    15 Alex Avila Tigers 23 16
    16 Miguel Olivo Mariners 15 14
    17 A.J. Pierzynski White Sox 14 18
    18 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 29 28
    19 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Red Sox 21 29
    20 John Buck Marlins 18 19
    21 Nick Hundley Padres 19 17
    22 Ramon Hernandez Reds 28 26
    23 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 22 20
    24 Chris Snyder Pirates 32 33
    25 Rod Barajas Dodgers 24 21
    26 John Jaso Rays 20 24
    27 Wilson Ramos Nationals 31 27
    28 Yorvit Torrealba Rangers 25 23
    29 Josh Thole Mets 16 22
    30 Hank Conger Angels 41 30
    31 J.R. Towles Astros 39 34
    32 Ivan Rodriguez Nationals 33 37
    33 Ryan Hanigan Reds 35 32
    34 Jeff Mathis Angels 30 35
    35 Ryan Doumit Pirates 26 31
    36 Jesus Montero Yankees 44 NR
    37 Jason Varitek Red Sox 40 36
    38 Jake Fox Orioles 10 DH 8 DH
    39 Kelly Shoppach Rays 34 38
    40 Brayan Pena Royals 37 NR



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