Updated 2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 20 Catchers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The season is quickly coming to a close, so now is a good time to check in on our Rest of Season Rankings.  Which catcher is on the rise?  Who is on the decline?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

1) Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians (3)
2) Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants (1)
3) Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers (2)
4) Brian McCann – New York Yankees (6)
5) Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals (4)
6) Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds (9)
7) Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins (8)
8) Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals (13)
9) Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks (10)
10) Jason Castro – Houston Astros (14)
11) Wilin Rosario – Colorado Rockies (7)
12) Dioner Navarro – Toronto Blue Jays (16)
13) Evan Gattis – Atlanta Braves (15)
14) Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians (11)
15) Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets (17)
16) Derek Norris – Oakland A’s (12)
17) Mike Zunino – Seattle Mariners (19)
18) Stephen Vogt – Oakland A’s (NR)
19) Russell Martin – Pittsburgh Pirates (20)
20) Alex Avila – Detroit Tigers (18)

 

Dropped off the Rankings: Yadier Molina

 

Thoughts:

  • Carlos Santana has been on an absolute tear of late, as he has his line drive rate up and continues to be “plagued” by poor luck overall (.256). It’s hard not to love him for the remainder of the season, especially with the type of roll he’s been on (.348 with 6 HR in 66 AB since the All-Star Break).
  • We have to think Brian McCann will get hot, sooner or later, don’t we? Overall he owns a 23.4% line drive rate, 14.4% strikeout rate and .255 BABIP. Maybe it’s the shift, but he almost has to catch fire.  I wouldn’t drop him down the rankings quite yet…
  • We keep waiting for the other show to drop for Devin Mesoraco and yet he continues to produce. When do we finally fully buy in? Things have regressed a bit in the second half, including a 15.4% HR/FB. Even that “regressed” mark is more than enough, however. He continues to hit the ball hard with power potential, so there’s an awful lot to like.
  • Joe Mauer is set to begin his rehab assignment and should be back shortly. It’s hard not to like him given his potential to hit for a strong average as soon as he returns.
  • I’m sure seeing Yan Gomes drop down the rankings is a bit of a surprise, but he’s had so much luck going for him of late (.475 BABIP since the All-Star Break) it’s almost a given he starts struggling.
  • Travis d’Arnaud has looked like a different player since returning from his Triple-A stint, though the underlying numbers in the second half aren’t actually all that promising (16.7% line drive rate, .255 BABIP, 1.7% walk rate in the second half).  The upside remains, but be careful not to lean on him too much.
  • Derek Norris drops down the rankings, partly due to the unstable playing time he receives.  While they’ve proven willing to use Stephen Vogt at other positions, he’s going to catch at times as is John Jason.  Unfortunately there are only so many AB to go around.

Make sure to check out all of our Rest of Season Rankings:

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8 comments

  1. Bbboston says:

    However small a move downwards, It’s hard to understand salvadore perez’s drop below mcCann.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      McCann is finally starting to produce (.299 average in July) and showing the power. Maybe it’s being a little bit too high on him and the potential for a big finish to the season.

      Readers know I’ve long been a big fan of Salvador Perez. He does have a lower line drive rate, however, as well as an inflated popup rate (16.8%).

      I don’t think it’s a stretch to think McCann will outproduce him over the final 7 weeks

  2. Bryan says:

    Mauer was dropped and on the WW. I’m starting, and doing pretty well with Y Gomes. Do I make the add drop move for next week?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Is there someone else you can drop and ride the hot hand? While I do think Mauer will likely be the more productive bat, it’s hardly a guarantee

  3. joey says:

    If Molina has been dropped and it looks like he’ll be back within a couple weeks, should i grab him up and store on dl?

  4. shawn says:

    Someone dropped perez. Should I drop ramos for him? Ramos has a hot bat but I need to finish strong

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