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July Catcher Rankings

Friday, July 01, 2011


Up this week are the July rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.

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

Catcher Rankings

Falling off: Chris Snyder (No. 24), Jesus Montero (No. 36), Jake Fox (No. 38)

  • The catching pool is looking awfully shallow, particularly in NL-only leagues. The Dodgers, Astros, Pirates and Giants are all getting nothing from the catcher spot at the moment. Those in NL-only leagues needing help might want to target Soto. He's warming up, and his price tag should be a lot more reasonable than those attached to McCann and Montero.

  • I can't deny Avila any longer. He just hit .346 with two homers and 17 RBI in June, and he's right there with teammate Victor Martinez as the AL's top catcher to date. I projected him at 11 homers and 43 RBI for the season. He's currently at 10 homers and 46 RBI midway through.

  • Olivo turned in an absurd month of June, hitting .189/.196/.489 in 90 at-bats. Eight of his 17 hits were homers, he drove in 19 runs and he had a 26/1 K/BB ratio. Based entirely on that power surge, he's now a top-10 overall catcher for the year. Still, I'm not going to reward his streakiness.

  • I'd probably drop Rodriguez out of the top 40 entirely if it was certain he'd remain with the Nationals for the rest of the season. Still, since he might get a starting gig with the Giants or another team, he holds pretty steady in the rankings.

  • RankCatcherTeam2011MayJun
    1 Victor Martinez Tigers 3 2 1
    2 Brian McCann Braves 5 5 2
    3 Joe Mauer Twins 1 3 3
    4 Carlos Santana Indians 4 4 4
    5 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks 11 9 6
    6 Alex Avila Tigers 23 16 15
    7 Russell Martin Yankees 13 6 5
    8 Jorge Posada Yankees 6 7 8
    9 Matt Wieters Orioles 8 8 7
    10 Geovany Soto Cubs 9 11 12
    11 Mike Napoli Rangers 10 10 9
    12 Chris Iannetta Rockies 12 13 10
    13 Miguel Olivo Mariners 15 14 16
    14 J.P. Arencibia Blue Jays 27 25 11
    15 Yadier Molina Cardinals 17 15 13
    16 Kurt Suzuki Athletics 7 12 14
    17 A.J. Pierzynski White Sox 14 18 17
    18 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Red Sox 21 29 19
    19 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 29 28 18
    20 John Buck Marlins 18 19 20
    21 Nick Hundley Padres 19 17 21
    22 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 22 20 23
    23 Wilson Ramos Nationals 31 27 27
    24 Ramon Hernandez Reds 28 26 22
    25 Yorvit Torrealba Rangers 25 23 28
    26 Josh Thole Mets 16 22 29
    27 Rod Barajas Dodgers 24 21 25
    28 John Jaso Rays 20 24 26
    29 Kelly Shoppach Rays 34 38 39
    30 Ryan Hanigan Reds 35 32 33
    31 J.R. Towles Astros 39 34 31
    32 Hank Conger Angels 41 30 30
    33 Ivan Rodriguez Nationals 33 37 32
    34 Jason Varitek Red Sox 40 36 37
    35 Jeff Mathis Angels 30 35 34
    36 Ryan Doumit Pirates 26 31 35
    37 Ronny Paulino Mets 46 NR NR
    38 Brayan Pena Royals 37 NR 40
    39 Michael McKenry Pirates 84 NR NR
    40 Jason Kendall Royals 36 39 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 @matthewpouliot.
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