July Catcher Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
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Here is the July rankings update. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they'll perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300 list. I try to list players at the positions at which they're most valuable, so if you can't find that second baseman you're looking for, check shortstop instead.

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Click to see other July rankings:

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

Catcher Rankings


Dropping off: Kelly Shoppach (No. 31), Ramon Hernandez (No. 41), Nick Hundley (No. 42), Erik Kratz (No. 45)

  • Little has changed in the top eight here. I still believe in Victor Martinez; he still isn't hitting for average, but the power has come along and the lack of strikeouts gives reason to believe that the average will come up. Others will argue that I should drop Wieters, but I'm not going there. For what it's worth (maybe not much), Wieters has been a bit of a second-half performer in his career. That's atypical of catchers; most play best at the beginning of the season when they're healthy and fade as the nagging injuries pile up (Molina has bucked that trend as well).

  • The Cubs have resisted the temptation to give Navarro more at-bats at Castillo's expense. Which makes sense; they need to figure out if Castillo is going to be a starting catcher going forward. Navarro might be flipped for a prospect this month. There are plenty of contenders out there who could use a part-time catcher with pop, and while Navarro's .269/.340/.538 line seems like a fluke, he should keep hitting lefties anyway.

  • The chances of the White Sox making the switch from Flowers to Phegley behind the plate have diminished, though they could eventually decide to have them split time. While Flowers had a decent enough June, Phegley slipped to .267/.318/.467 in Triple-A. Phegley is still hitting a robust .312/.368/.592 with 14 homers for the season.

  • The Ramon Hernandez signing invites the opportunity for the Blue Jays to send down Arencibia and have Hernandez and Josh Thole share time behind the plate. I'm sure they'd much rather see Arencibia rebound offensively than take that step, but he's been a big liability of late with his .202 average and 50/6 K/BB ratio in 173 at-bats since the beginning of May.

Rank

Catcher

Team

2013

May

June

1

Buster Posey

Giants

1

1

1

2

Joe Mauer

Twins

2

2

2

3

Mike Napoli

Red Sox

7

5

3

4

Yadier Molina

Cardinals

8

8

4

5

Carlos Santana

Indians

5

4

5

6

Victor Martinez

Tigers

3

6

6

7

Matt Wieters

Orioles

4

7

7

8

Wilin Rosario

Rockies

10

3

8

9

Salvador Perez

Royals

6

12

12

10

Miguel Montero

Diamondbacks

11

10

11

11

Jonathan Lucroy

Brewers

16

15

15

12

Brian McCann

Braves

13

11

9

13

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Red Sox

18

18

13

14

A.J. Pierzynski

Rangers

15

14

14

15

J.P. Arencibia

Blue Jays

12

9

10

16

Ryan Doumit

Twins

17

24

16

17

Jason Castro

Astros

23

25

18

18

Russell Martin

Pirates

20

17

19

19

Carlos Ruiz

Phillies

19

16

21

20

Yasmani Grandal

Padres

25

22

20

21

Mike Zunino

Mariners

62

NR

34

22

Evan Gattis

Braves

44

21

17

23

Tyler Flowers

White Sox

24

26

25

24

Chris Iannetta

Angels

22

23

22

25

John Jaso

Athletics

26

27

26

26

Alex Avila

Tigers

14

19

23

27

John Buck

Mets

33

20

24

28

Welington Castillo

Cubs

31

30

27

29

A.J. Ellis

Dodgers

27

29

30

30

Kurt Suzuki

Nationals

36

32

28

31

Rob Brantly

Marlins

29

33

32

32

Wilson Ramos

Nationals

21

28

40

33

Devin Mesoraco

Reds

28

37

36

34

Dioner Navarro

Cubs

40

36

33

35

Ryan Hanigan

Reds

30

34

35

36

Francisco Cervelli

Yankees

32

40

39

37

Tim Federowicz

Dodgers

80

NR

NR

38

Yan Gomes

Indians

64 1B

NR

29

39

Jose Lobaton

Rays

74

NR

NR

40

Hank Conger

Angels

41

NR

NR

41

Jesus Montero

Mariners

9

13

44

42

Travis d'Arnaud

Mets

35

39

43

43

Derek Norris

Athletics

43

38

37

44

Josh Phegley

White Sox

87

NR

38

45

Brayan Pena

Tigers

58

NR

NR

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