by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
With the All-Star game closing in, now is the perfect time to start looking at our updated Rest of Season rankings. Who’s worth buying? Who isn’t? Let’s take a look (the number in parenthesis was the players preseason ranking):
1) Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants (1)
2) Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers (4)
3)Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians (2)
4) Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals (6)
5) Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals (5)
6) Brian McCann – New York Yankees (9)
7) Wilin Rosario – Colorado Rockies (7)
8) Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins (3)
9) Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds (18)
10) Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks (14)
11) Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians (22)
12) Derek Norris – Oakland A’s (29)
13) Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals (12)
14) Jason Castro – Houston Astros (8)
15) Evan Gattis – Atlanta Braves (13)
16) Dioner Navarro – Toronto Blue Jays (NR)
17) Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets (17)
18) Alex Avila – Detroit Tigers (10)
19) Mike Zunino – Seattle Mariners (16)
20) Russell Martin – Pittsburgh Pirates (20)
- It may seem odd to have a catcher currently hitting .210 slotted into the third spot of these rankings, but Santana’s upside remains significant as he’s been plagued by a .232 BABIP. He showed off how good he could be in June, hitting .308 with 6 HR and 15 RBI over 78 AB. The only reason he fell at all is because Jonathan Lucroy has just become that good.
- Wilin Rosario has struggled across the board, mostly due to an increase in groundballs this season (50%). However, he’s started to show signs of getting things turned around and definitely has the potential to start sending balls flying over fences on a regular basis. At the same time his line drive rate remains down, adding a wrinkle of risk.
- It has been a poor season for Brian McCann, but unlike Rosario his underlying numbers are still there. His strikeouts are down (14.0%) and he’s hitting the ball hard (21.9%), as it’s been poor luck (.231 BABIP) and a surprisingly down HR/FB (10.0%). Don’t be surprised to see a big second half.
- Joe Mauer is currently on the DL with a strained oblique and it’s unknown how long he’s going to be out of action for. That’s going to drop him down the rankings.
- We all know how good Mesoraco has been this season, but can he really maintain a .352 BABIP or 25.4% HR/FB? He’s going to have value, obviously, but he’s going to regress as the season progresses.
- Wilson Ramos should show a bit more power, but he continues to be more of a line drive and groundball hitter. That’s going to cap his upside, because he’s limited to being an average contributor and possibly little else.
- Evan Gattis is outside the Top 12, only because of the injury and unknown timetable for his return.
- Travis d’Arnaud in the Top 20? Really? He’s been producing since returning from Triple-A and his biggest issue was poor luck as opposed to anything. There’s a lot of upside and he’s not a player to ignore.
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