Has spring performances caused any major movement in our catcher rankings? If it’s his struggles or news about his playing time, one young catcher fell off the rankings. Let’s take a look at who it was and how things currently stand:
- Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
- Victor Martinez – Detroit Tigers
- Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
- Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
- Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians
- Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Kurt Suzuki – Oakland Athletics
- Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
- Geovany Soto – Chicago Cubs
- Mike Napoli – Texas Rangers
- Jorge Posada – New York Yankees
- Chris Iannetta – Colorado Rockies
- Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
- Miguel Olivo – Seattle Mariners
- Russell Martin – New York Yankees
- You can pretty much interchange Montero, Suzuki (click here for my ’11 projection), Wieters (click here for my ’11 projection) and Soto depending on your opinion of the group. If you prefer Soto the best of the four, there certainly is nothing wrong with it. If you like Montero the least, drop him down. They all are basically on even footing heading into draft day.
- With the news coming out that J.P. Arencibia is probably catching just three out of every five days, you have to drop him down draft boards. At this point, he comes in just outside the Top 15 for me. His preseason struggles don’t help matters, but they are not the biggest concern.
- Second year players are certainly a risk, but is anyone shying away from Buster Posey or Carlos Santana? Both players have the upside to leapfrog the other top choices and emerge as the elite of the position by year’s end. Don’t let Carlos Santana’s .260 average from ’10 prior to his injury deter you. He should carry a significantly better BABIP (.277) in ’11.
- What are the chances that the Rockies actually stick with Chris Iannetta all year long? They consistently have pulled the plug rather abruptly in the past, but he still is more than worth the risk, especially in two-catcher formats.
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