June Catcher Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
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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.

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Catcher Rankings

June

Catcher

Team

Apr

May

1

Joe Mauer

Twins

1

1

2

Carlos Santana

Indians

2

2

3

Buster Posey

Giants

3

3

4

Yadier Molina

Cardinals

7

4

5

Jonathan Lucroy

Brewers

9

8

6

Brian McCann

Yankees

5

5

7

Salvador Perez

Royals

6

7

8

Wilin Rosario

Rockies

4

10

9

Evan Gattis

Braves

11

9

10

Devin Mesoraco

Reds

21

17

11

Miguel Montero

Diamondbacks

12

11

12

Wilson Ramos

Nationals

10

12

13

Jason Castro

Astros

14

13

14

Yan Gomes

Indians

16

14

15

Derek Norris

Athletics

25

20

16

A.J. Pierzynski

Red Sox

13

15

17

Russell Martin

Pirates

18

22

18

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Marlins

17

16

19

Josmil Pinto

Twins

19

18

20

Alex Avila

Tigers

15

24

21

Carlos Ruiz

Phillies

23

19

22

Dioner Navarro

Blue Jays

20

21

23

Matt Wieters

Orioles

8

6

24

John Jaso

Athletics

28

32

25

Welington Castillo

Cubs

22

23

26

Mike Zunino

Mariners

27

26

27

Yasmani Grandal

Padres

32

28

28

Chris Iannetta

Angels

29

29

29

Geovany Soto

Rangers

30

31

30

Travis d'Arnaud

Mets

24

25

31

Kurt Suzuki

Twins

34

30

32

Ryan Hanigan

Rays

35

27

33

Tyler Flowers

White Sox

36

33

34

Hank Conger

Angels

31

34

35

Nick Hundley

Orioles

37

43

36

A.J. Ellis

Dodgers

26

35

37

Brayan Pena

Reds

40

37

38

Hector Sanchez

Giants

39

40

39

Jordan Pacheco

Rockies

40 1B

41

40

Josh Thole

Blue Jays

63

36

41

Jesus Montero

Mariners

41

39

42

George Kottaras

Indians

47

NR

43

Rene Rivera

Padres

101

NR

44

David Ross

Red Sox

45

45

45

Stephen Vogt

Athletics

38

NR

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.

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