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May Catcher Rankings

Monday, May 6, 2013

Here are the May catcher 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 soon find a fully updated top 300 list.


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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH


Catcher Rankings

Dropping off: Ramon Hernandez (No. 37), Geovany Soto (No. 38), Erik Kratz (No. 39)


  • Not only does Rosario rank third among catchers in OPS, but he's also stolen three bases in four tries. It's the possibility of another 6-8 steals this year that gets him the edge over Santana and Napoli here.


  • McCann is all set to come off the disabled list prior to Monday's game, leaving Gattis' status up in the air. Had Gattis been anything less than stellar while McCann was out, he'd probably be Triple-A bound. As is, the Braves would seem to be better off having the veteran and the rookie share time pretty evenly.


  • Seattle prospect Mike Zunino was No. 41 here. He probably would have come in at No. 30 or so had I done these rankings a couple of weeks ago. However, he's been in quite a slump at Triple-A Tacoma, and he's down to .200/.305/.488 for the season. He's also struck out 28 times in 80 at-bats. I still imagine that the Mariners will give the 2012 first-round pick a shot sometime this summer. Whether that means a trip the minors for Jesus Montero or a stint as a DH instead remains to be seen. Obviously, it hinges on Montero's play.


  • Even though he's going to miss another seven weeks with his fractured hand, Cervelli is the lone Yankees catcher in the rankings. Chris Stewart was one of the near misses.



1 Buster Posey Giants 1
2 Joe Mauer Twins 2
3 Wilin Rosario Rockies 10
4 Carlos Santana Indians 5
5 Mike Napoli Red Sox 7
6 Victor Martinez Tigers 3
7 Matt Wieters Orioles 4
8 Yadier Molina Cardinals 8
9 J.P. Arencibia Blue Jays 12
10 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks 11
11 Brian McCann Braves 13
12 Salvador Perez Royals 6
13 Jesus Montero Mariners 9
14 A.J. Pierzynski Rangers 15
15 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 16
16 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 19
17 Russell Martin Pirates 20
18 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Red Sox 18
19 Alex Avila Tigers 14
20 John Buck Mets 33
21 Evan Gattis Braves 44
22 Yasmani Grandal Padres 25
23 Chris Iannetta Angels 22
24 Ryan Doumit Twins 17
25 Jason Castro Astros 23
26 Tyler Flowers White Sox 24
27 John Jaso Athletics 26
28 Wilson Ramos Nationals 21
29 A.J. Ellis Dodgers 27
30 Welington Castillo Cubs 31
31 Nick Hundley Padres 34
32 Kurt Suzuki Nationals 36
33 Rob Brantly Marlins 29
34 Ryan Hanigan Reds 30
35 Kelly Shoppach Mariners 49
36 Dioner Navarro Cubs 40
37 Devin Mesoraco Reds 28
38 Derek Norris Athletics 43
39 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 35
40 Francisco Cervelli Yankees 32

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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