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.
|16||A.J. Pierzynski||Red Sox||13||15|
|22||Dioner Navarro||Blue Jays||20||21|
|33||Tyler Flowers||White Sox||36||33|
|39||Jordan Pacheco||Rockies||40 1B||41|
|40||Josh Thole||Blue Jays||63||36|
|44||David Ross||Red Sox||45||45|
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.