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July Catcher Rankings

Monday, July 01, 2013


Here is the July rankings update. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they'll perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300 list. 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.

 

 

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

 

 

Catcher Rankings


Dropping off: Kelly Shoppach (No. 31), Ramon Hernandez (No. 41), Nick Hundley (No. 42), Erik Kratz (No. 45)

 

  • Little has changed in the top eight here. I still believe in Victor Martinez; he still isn't hitting for average, but the power has come along and the lack of strikeouts gives reason to believe that the average will come up. Others will argue that I should drop Wieters, but I'm not going there. For what it's worth (maybe not much), Wieters has been a bit of a second-half performer in his career. That's atypical of catchers; most play best at the beginning of the season when they're healthy and fade as the nagging injuries pile up (Molina has bucked that trend as well).

 

  • The Cubs have resisted the temptation to give Navarro more at-bats at Castillo's expense. Which makes sense; they need to figure out if Castillo is going to be a starting catcher going forward. Navarro might be flipped for a prospect this month. There are plenty of contenders out there who could use a part-time catcher with pop, and while Navarro's .269/.340/.538 line seems like a fluke, he should keep hitting lefties anyway.

 

  • The chances of the White Sox making the switch from Flowers to Phegley behind the plate have diminished, though they could eventually decide to have them split time. While Flowers had a decent enough June, Phegley slipped to .267/.318/.467 in Triple-A. Phegley is still hitting a robust .312/.368/.592 with 14 homers for the season.

 

  • The Ramon Hernandez signing invites the opportunity for the Blue Jays to send down Arencibia and have Hernandez and Josh Thole share time behind the plate. I'm sure they'd much rather see Arencibia rebound offensively than take that step, but he's been a big liability of late with his .202 average and 50/6 K/BB ratio in 173 at-bats since the beginning of May.

 

 

RankCatcherTeam2013MayJune
1 Buster Posey Giants 1 1 1
2 Joe Mauer Twins 2 2 2
3 Mike Napoli Red Sox 7 5 3
4 Yadier Molina Cardinals 8 8 4
5 Carlos Santana Indians 5 4 5
6 Victor Martinez Tigers 3 6 6
7 Matt Wieters Orioles 4 7 7
8 Wilin Rosario Rockies 10 3 8
9 Salvador Perez Royals 6 12 12
10 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks 11 10 11
11 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 16 15 15
12 Brian McCann Braves 13 11 9
13 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Red Sox 18 18 13
14 A.J. Pierzynski Rangers 15 14 14
15 J.P. Arencibia Blue Jays 12 9 10
16 Ryan Doumit Twins 17 24 16
17 Jason Castro Astros 23 25 18
18 Russell Martin Pirates 20 17 19
19 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 19 16 21
20 Yasmani Grandal Padres 25 22 20
21 Mike Zunino Mariners 62 NR 34
22 Evan Gattis Braves 44 21 17
23 Tyler Flowers White Sox 24 26 25
24 Chris Iannetta Angels 22 23 22
25 John Jaso Athletics 26 27 26
26 Alex Avila Tigers 14 19 23
27 John Buck Mets 33 20 24
28 Welington Castillo Cubs 31 30 27
29 A.J. Ellis Dodgers 27 29 30
30 Kurt Suzuki Nationals 36 32 28
31 Rob Brantly Marlins 29 33 32
32 Wilson Ramos Nationals 21 28 40
33 Devin Mesoraco Reds 28 37 36
34 Dioner Navarro Cubs 40 36 33
35 Ryan Hanigan Reds 30 34 35
36 Francisco Cervelli Yankees 32 40 39
37 Tim Federowicz Dodgers 80 NR NR
38 Yan Gomes Indians 64 1B NR 29
39 Jose Lobaton Rays 74 NR NR
40 Hank Conger Angels 41 NR NR
41 Jesus Montero Mariners 9 13 44
42 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 35 39 43
43 Derek Norris Athletics 43 38 37
44 Josh Phegley White Sox 87 NR 38
45 Brayan Pena Tigers 58 NR 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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