RotoGraphs June Consensus Ranks: Catcher

Of course it’s made sense to make trades all season, particularly for value. But now with a third of the season in the books, it makes a little more sense to trade for needs. And so positional rankings become important, particularly when paired with the tiered rankings that our writers will put out in the coming weeks. If you can dramatically improve at a problem position, do it. Especially if your drop at the other position, the one you’re selling, is not so drastic.

In any case, catchers have played out almost exactly like we thought at the beginning of the year: a few great catchers at the top (with a massive bummer of a season dropping Carlos Santana from that group), a couple middling guys (in the middle! now including my pre-season favorite in red), and then a group from about nine to 18 that is a real pick’em.

If you don’t get more than 450-500 plate appearances on average, you don’t have as many opportunities to distance yourself from the pack. This could happen at any position if we lopped off 1/3 of the playing time. But… .260/18? That sounds like most catchers to me.

Who do you like better or worse than our crew?

Again, this is for 5×5 roto, and though Jeff Zimmerman mostly uses the rest of season projections, it’s not just a computer ranking. We’ve left off the color coding in favor of a simple up or down arrow — those arrows are only next to big movers. The table is designed to be sortable in case you prefer one of the rankings.

RG Player Jeff Zach Mike Eno
1 Buster Posey 1 1 1 1
2 Joe Mauer 2 2 4 3
3 Wilin Rosario 2 8 2 2
4 Jonathan Lucroy 8 3 3 5
5 Brian McCann 7 5 5 4
6 Yadier Molina 6 4 6 6
7 Evan Gattis 5 6 9 8
8 Carlos Santana 3 10 8 12
9 Salvador Perez 9 9 7 11
10 Yan Gomes 14 7 12 9
11 Miguel Montero 10 14 13 10
12 Devin Mesoraco 17 15 11 13
13 A.J. Pierzynski 16 13 16 17
14 Jason Castro 12 23 10 22
15 Derek Norris 21 18 15 18
16 Josmil Pinto 11 17 29 16
17 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 18 19 17 21
18 Wilson Ramos 33 11 19 14
19 Matt Wieters 13 36 20 15
20 John Jaso 26 12 27 19
21 Mike Zunino 15 25 23 27
22 Carlos Ruiz 19 27 26 20
23 Russell Martin 22 28 18 24
24 Yasmani Grandal 23 26 25 23
25 Welington Castillo 25 24 24 26
26 Alex Avila 20 29 21 30
27 Chris Iannetta 29 21 30 25
28 Kurt Suzuki 24 20 36 32
29 A.J. Ellis 32 23 22 35
30 Travis d’Arnaud 34 32 14 34
31 Dioner Navarro 28 22 28 36
32 Tyler Flowers 31 30 31 31
33 Hank Conger 36 31 33 26
34 Nick Hundley 27 36 35 33
35 Ryan Hanigan 36 33 34 29
36 Ryan Doumit 30 36 32 36

Ranked by one analyst: Josh Thole, Jordan Pacheco.





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David
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David

I don’t understand how you can justify Perez at 9. In the last month he has 3HR and 3 RBI, and has actually been worse in the past two weeks. He simply hasn’t hit when it matters.

J!m Future
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J!m Future

…other than a depressed BABIP with a batted ball mix that’s pretty much in line with last year’s? Even so, he’s been better than Mauer to this point – and there’s no great gulf between their RoS projections, either.