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July Catcher Rankings

Monday, June 30, 2014


Here are the July 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.

 

Click to see other July rankings:

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

 

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Catcher Rankings

 

JulyCatcherTeam2014MayJune
1 Carlos Santana Indians 2 2 2
2 Joe Mauer Twins 1 1 1
3 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 9 8 5
4 Buster Posey Giants 3 3 3
5 Yadier Molina Cardinals 7 4 4
6 Brian McCann Yankees 5 5 6
7 Evan Gattis Braves 11 9 9
8 Salvador Perez Royals 6 7 7
9 Devin Mesoraco Reds 21 17 10
10 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks 12 11 11
11 Wilin Rosario Rockies 4 10 8
12 Wilson Ramos Nationals 10 12 12
13 Derek Norris Athletics 25 20 15
14 Yan Gomes Indians 16 14 14
15 Jason Castro Astros 14 13 13
16 Russell Martin Pirates 18 22 17
17 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Marlins 17 16 18
18 Dioner Navarro Blue Jays 20 21 22
19 A.J. Pierzynski Red Sox 13 15 16
20 Stephen Vogt Athletics 38 NR 45
21 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 23 19 21
22 Alex Avila Tigers 15 24 20
23 John Jaso Athletics 28 32 24
24 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 24 25 30
25 Mike Zunino Mariners 27 26 26
26 Welington Castillo Cubs 22 23 25
27 Geovany Soto Rangers 30 31 29
28 Kurt Suzuki Twins 34 30 31
29 Yasmani Grandal Padres 32 28 27
30 Chris Iannetta Angels 29 29 28
31 A.J. Ellis Dodgers 26 35 36
32 Josmil Pinto Twins 19 18 19
33 Hank Conger Angels 31 34 34
34 Tyler Flowers White Sox 36 33 33
35 Caleb Joseph Orioles NR NR NR
36 Ryan Hanigan Rays 35 27 32
37 Robinson Chirinos Rangers 42 1B 38 NR
38 Michael McKenry Rockies 53 NR NR
39 Rene Rivera Padres 101 NR 43
40 Hector Sanchez Giants 39 40 38
41 George Kottaras Indians 47 NR 42
42 Brayan Pena Reds 40 37 37
43 Christian Bethancourt Braves 75 NR NR
44 Jesus Montero Mariners 41 39 41
45 Christian Vazquez Red Sox 88 NR NR
46 Nick Hundley Orioles 37 43 35

 

Dropping off: Matt Wieters (23rd), Jordan Pacheco (39th), Josh Thole (40th), David Ross (44th)

 

  • Mauer finally seems to have turned it around, but so has Santana, just with a lot more power. With a .320 average and six homers in June, he moves ahead of Mauer for now. Of course, Lucroy has outplayed them both and it’s possible that will continue. Still, a good part of the reason that I was so high on Mauer and Santana going in was that they wouldn’t accrue the wear and tear catchers do over the course of the year. The second half is when that should start to show up.

 

  • I think the Red Sox will dump Pierzynski and move on to Christian Vazquez at some point, but since another team might pick up Pierzynski and continue to use him as a starter, I didn’t drop him out of the top 20, at least not yet. It’s not that Vazquez would be any sort of offensive upgrade for Boston, but he’s a difference maker on defense and Pierzynski has been a bust with the bat anyway. Vazquez is currently hitting .265/.318/.361 with two homers in 219 at-bats in Triple-A, so even if he does get the call, he’d strictly be an AL-only guy.

 

  • Just as the talk of the Braves shifting Gattis to left field and calling up Bethancourt to catch died down, Bethancourt was called up Sunday anyway because of Gattis’s upper back spasms. The 22-year-old Bethancourt was hitting .273/.304/.372 with three homers in 231 at-bats in Triple-A. He had picked it up as the year has gone on, hitting .203 in April, .271 in May and .329 in June.

 

Shifting Gattis to left would give the Braves a much stronger defensive catcher, but it’d come at the cost of the outfield defense and I doubt it would help offensively, either. B.J. Upton has been a disaster once again, but I don’t think Bethancourt would be a good bet to outhit him the rest of the way. If the move does come, Bethancourt would move up to the 30-35 range in the rankings. Gattis would jump to No. 5, since he’d no longer need the occasional day off.



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 @matthewpouliot.
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