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August Catcher Rankings

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Up this week are the August 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 August rankings:
Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

Catcher Rankings

Falling off: J.R. Towles (No. 31), Hank Conger (No. 32), Ivan Rodriguez (No. 33), Jason Kendall (No. 40)

  • So, I finally drank the Avila Kool-Aid and he goes and drives in one run all month. 18 RBI in April, 11 RBI in May, 17 RBI in June, 1 RBI in July.

  • Yankees prospect Jesus Montero has been a disappointment in Triple-A, but it looks like a strong July will get him to the majors within the next week to 10 days. He hit .271/.346/.514 with four homers and 21 RBI for Scranton in 18 games last month. Over the first three months, he had just six homers and 27 RBI total. Most of his success has come against lefties -- he has a .918 OPS versus southpaws, compared to a .716 mark against right-handers -- so it's doubtful that he'll be a full-timer for the Bombers. He'll probably DH against lefties initially and take on an expanded role if he outhits Posada. Because he stands to lose some at-bats, Posada tumbles six spots in the rankings.

  • Not one catcher was involved in a deadline deal. Ivan Rodriguez still could be moved this month, but he doesn't belong in the top 40 as the backup to Ramos. Shoppach might be another possibility for an August deal, allowing the Rays to keep Robinson Chirinos around after Jaso returns. Hernandez's value might have gotten a bit of a boost with a trade out of Cincinnati, but since it's doubtful that he'll clear waivers, he's expected to stay put for the rest of the season.

  • Because of the lack of trades, Montero is the only young catcher to debut this month. Chirinos is interesting, but as things stand now, he could be sent back to the minors when Jaso comes off the DL. The Reds' Devin Mesoraco appears set to remain in Triple-A until September and probably won't get a lot of playing time then. I did think about including Tyler Flowers, who debuted as a result of Ramon Castro's injury. However, the White Sox don't currently appear interested in carving out an enhanced role for him at Pierzynski's expense. Maybe that will change if they fall out of contention.


  • RankCatcherTeamAprMayJunJul
    1 Victor Martinez Tigers 3 2 1 1
    2 Joe Mauer Twins 1 3 3 3
    3 Brian McCann Braves 5 5 2 2
    4 Carlos Santana Indians 4 4 4 4
    5 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks 11 9 6 5
    6 Mike Napoli Rangers 10 10 9 11
    7 Geovany Soto Cubs 9 11 12 10
    8 Alex Avila Tigers 23 16 15 6
    9 Matt Wieters Orioles 8 8 7 9
    10 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Red Sox 21 29 19 18
    11 Russell Martin Yankees 13 6 5 7
    12 Chris Iannetta Rockies 12 13 10 12
    13 J.P. Arencibia Blue Jays 27 25 11 14
    14 Jorge Posada Yankees 6 7 8 8
    15 Yadier Molina Cardinals 17 15 13 15
    16 Miguel Olivo Mariners 15 14 16 13
    17 Kurt Suzuki Athletics 7 12 14 16
    18 A.J. Pierzynski White Sox 14 18 17 17
    19 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 29 28 18 19
    20 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 22 20 23 22
    21 Wilson Ramos Nationals 31 27 27 23
    22 Ramon Hernandez Reds 28 26 22 24
    23 John Buck Marlins 18 19 20 20
    24 Yorvit Torrealba Rangers 25 23 28 25
    25 Nick Hundley Padres 19 17 21 21
    26 Josh Thole Mets 16 22 29 26
    27 Ryan Doumit Pirates 26 31 35 36
    28 Jesus Montero Yankees 44 NR 36 NR
    29 Kelly Shoppach Rays 34 38 39 29
    30 Rod Barajas Dodgers 24 21 25 27
    31 John Jaso Rays 20 24 26 28
    32 Ryan Hanigan Reds 35 32 33 30
    33 Eli Whiteside Giants 65 NR NR NR
    34 Jason Varitek Red Sox 40 36 37 34
    35 Brayan Pena Royals 37 NR 40 38
    36 Jeff Mathis Angels 30 35 34 35
    37 Michael McKenry Pirates 84 NR NR 39
    38 Dioner Navarro Dodgers 49 NR NR NR
    39 David Ross Braves 48 NR NR NR
    40 Ronny Paulino Mets 46 NR NR 37


    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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