With the warm summer month of July now behind us, how did the players wearing the most equipment fare? The catcher position used to always be a difficult one for fantasy GM's, but in recent years, Brian McCann, Joe Mauer and Jorge Posada made it easy to fill the position in weekly lineups.
Which catchers had the best month of July for fantasy GMs?
McCann was a big reason why the Braves went 18-8 in July. He led all catchers in home runs (9), RBIs (21), and had the third best OPS (1.059). He is still having his worst statistical season average-wise (.242), but he is getting hot at the right time for the Braves, as they are just 2.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East.
2. J.P. Arencibia, Toronto Blue Jays
Arencibia has a power juggernaut for the Blue Jays this season, but has failed to provide much average. In the month of July, that changed. He hit .321 with six home runs, four doubles, 13 RBIs and 1.081, helping the Blue Jays replace the injured Jose Bautista in their lineup.
3. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks
Somehow, despite hitting close to .300 with 13 home runs and 64 RBIs, Montero hasn't been acknowledged as one of the best catchers in the league. After his performance in July, that should change. He hit .300 with four home runs, 18 RBIs, 18 walks and .940 OPS.
4. A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox
Pierzynski is having what many consider a career year. He has been reliable for the surging White Sox since Opening Day and is putting together a Silver Slugger Award-worthy season. In July, he continued his successful season, hitting .305 with four home runs and 10 RBIs.
5. Ryan Doumit, Minnesota Twins
Anyone that saw Doumit play in Pittsburgh knew he was a talented player, but he has advanced to another level with the Twins. In July, he hit .307 with three home runs and 15 RBIs, raising his average on the year to .285.
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Hobson Lopes has been playing fantasy baseball for more than 10 years and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.