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June Catcher Rankings

Monday, June 2, 2014

Here are the June Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.


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


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Catcher Rankings


1 Joe Mauer Twins 1 1
2 Carlos Santana Indians 2 2
3 Buster Posey Giants 3 3
4 Yadier Molina Cardinals 7 4
5 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 9 8
6 Brian McCann Yankees 5 5
7 Salvador Perez Royals 6 7
8 Wilin Rosario Rockies 4 10
9 Evan Gattis Braves 11 9
10 Devin Mesoraco Reds 21 17
11 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks 12 11
12 Wilson Ramos Nationals 10 12
13 Jason Castro Astros 14 13
14 Yan Gomes Indians 16 14
15 Derek Norris Athletics 25 20
16 A.J. Pierzynski Red Sox 13 15
17 Russell Martin Pirates 18 22
18 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Marlins 17 16
19 Josmil Pinto Twins 19 18
20 Alex Avila Tigers 15 24
21 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 23 19
22 Dioner Navarro Blue Jays 20 21
23 Matt Wieters Orioles 8 6
24 John Jaso Athletics 28 32
25 Welington Castillo Cubs 22 23
26 Mike Zunino Mariners 27 26
27 Yasmani Grandal Padres 32 28
28 Chris Iannetta Angels 29 29
29 Geovany Soto Rangers 30 31
30 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 24 25
31 Kurt Suzuki Twins 34 30
32 Ryan Hanigan Rays 35 27
33 Tyler Flowers White Sox 36 33
34 Hank Conger Angels 31 34
35 Nick Hundley Orioles 37 43
36 A.J. Ellis Dodgers 26 35
37 Brayan Pena Reds 40 37
38 Hector Sanchez Giants 39 40
39 Jordan Pacheco Rockies 40 1B 41
40 Josh Thole Blue Jays 63 36
41 Jesus Montero Mariners 41 39
42 George Kottaras Indians 47 NR
43 Rene Rivera Padres 101 NR
44 David Ross Red Sox 45 45
45 Stephen Vogt Athletics 38 NR


Dropping off: J.P. Arencibia (42nd), Jose Lobaton (44th)


  • One of the reasons I was so high on Santana this year was that doing much less catching would really cut back on the injury risk. So much for that. He suffered a concussion after taking a foul tip last week in his 10th start of the year behind the plate. It’s not supposed to be a particularly severe one, and the hope is that he’ll be back Friday. It looked like he was finally getting it together prior to the injury, going 4-for-12 with two doubles, a homer and six walks in the four-game series against the Orioles.


  • Wieters is back throwing again after an ejection for his elbow, but he’s not likely to return during the first half of June. I still think it’s better than 50/50 that he undergoes Tommy John surgery, but we’ll see how it plays out.


  • D’Arnaud is just back from his latest injury, a concussion that was the result of a batter’s backswing catching him in the head. When on the field, he’s struggled just as much offensively as he did in his intro to the majors last year, leaving him with a career .197/.283/.282 line in 213 at-bats. That’s not nearly enough time to make a judgment on the offensive potential of a young catcher, but the injuries and ineffectiveness now have some wondering if Kevin Plawecki might not be the Mets’ better long-term option. Plawecki is hitting .338/.370/.523 as a 23-year-old in Double-A. The bat seems legit, but his defense gets mixed reviews. Overall, he’s not quite the talent that d’Arnaud is. However, if d’Arnaud gets hurt again in the second half of the year, the Mets might decide to give Plawecki a long look. Ideally, though, d’Arnaud’s career would start to take off and Plawecki would become trade bait. I still think d’Arnaud is perfectly capable of hitting .250-.270 with solid power numbers the rest of the way, but it will come down to health.

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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