June Catcher RankingsMonday, June 03, 2013
Here are the June catcher rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. I try to list players at the positions at which they're most valuable, so if you can't find that second baseman you're looking for, check shortstop instead. Included along with the position rankings you'll find a fully updated top 300 list.
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Dropping off: None.
- I'm not close to giving up on Martinez. He didn't hit last month, yet he still managed to drive in 16 runs batting behind Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the Tigers lineup. I don't know how much the power will come back, but his average is going to keep creeping up as the year goes on and he'll continue to get more at-bats than the true catchers. The only "catchers" with more plate appearances this year are Napoli, who is playing first base, and Mauer.
- While Perez still hasn't displayed any power at all, he did quietly bat .369 in 18 games during May. He's set to return from bereavement leave on Tuesday.
- Gattis was a tough call this month, given that his future would seem to be tied to B.J. Upton's at the moment. If the Braves demote Upton, then Gattis could get extra time in left field, with Jason Heyward seeing starts in center. If Upton stays up and starts hitting, then Gattis could be limited to catching against lefties for the most part. In scenario No. 1, he'd probably rate as a top-10 fantasy catcher for the coming weeks. However, with Upton delivering a game-winning single Saturday and then homering Sunday, it looks like his turnaround might have started.
- Ellis dropped from 25th to 30th after going on the DL Sunday with a strained oblique. Tim Federowicz will likely get the majority of the starts while he's out, but Hernandez made the top 45 over him.