Welcome to the June rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Includes along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed wherever 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 June rankings:
|4||Stephen Vogt||Athletics||27 1B||5|
|6||Russell Martin||Blue Jays||9||7|
|22||Tyler Flowers||White Sox||16||20|
|25||Blake Swihart||Red Sox||31||19|
|34||Geovany Soto||White Sox||34||36|
|41||Dioner Navarro||Blue Jays||36||40|
|46||Ryan Hanigan||Red Sox||38||NR|
o Wieters will come off the disabled list on Friday, but since he won’t be a full-time catcher for a while, he wasn’t much of a threat to crack the top 10 this month. Hopefully, he’ll be there next month.
o Saltalamacchia has taken over as the Diamondbacks’ starting catcher sooner than expected as a result of Gosewisch’s torn ACL. I was worried about O’Brien usurping the role, but that’s not going to happen now, since he’s suddenly a full-time outfielder again. Which makes sense - O’Brien never figured to be a major league-quality receiver - but the switch came literally two days after the Diamondbacks were talking up his work behind the plate. O’Brien is currently hitting .343/.385/.657 with 12 homers in 169 at-bats for Triple-A Reno, but there’s no room for him in the Diamondbacks’ outfield right now. Even a Mark Trumbo trade might not open up anything for him, since the team will probably want to play Yasmany Tomas in right field and Jake Lamb at third base.
o Swihart has been adequate defensively, but he hasn’t shown much with the bat yet. Then again, his Triple-A performance really didn’t suggest he was ready anyway. If Hanigan returns from a fractured wrist in early July as hoped, Swihart could return to the minors until September.