Updated Catcher Rankings — September 2011

Time to re-visit those monthly rankings, again.  As always, the criteria used for these is as follows:

1.  Current performance level
2.  Expected performance for rest of season
3.  Value based on standard 5×5 categories (avg over OBP)

One note, despite the fact that it is late in the season, we are not accounting for keeper value right now.  We are staying within the parameters of this season alone.  Keeper league rankings will be done at season’s end.  Injured players remain on the list at the bottom so we can just see who was up there from start to finish.  That being said, here’s how the catching position looks right now….

Penthouse on Park Avenue
Brian McCann
Victor Martinez
Mike Napoli
Miguel Montero
Alex Avila

Absolutely no need for a change here in the top tier as all five backstops have continued to perform on a level that maintains their status amongst their peers.

Comfy Living
Carlos Santana
J.P. Arencibia
Joe Mauer
Yadier Molina
Matt Wieters

The top four in this tier, again, have all done enough to maintain their positions in the rankings.  You’ve got power but minimal average from Santana and Arencibia and minmal power with a solid average from Mauer (who will hopefully do a little more in September) and Molina.  Wieters joins the second tier with a very strong August and red-hot start to September.  To think that he may have finally turned a corner would be nice for the depth at the position now and moving forward.

Small House in the ‘Burbs
Chris Iannetta
Russell Martin
Jonathan Lucroy
Geovany Soto
Miguel Olivo
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Kurt Suzuki
Carlos Ruiz
John Buck

Both Lucroy and Soto get the bump down in tier for failure to keep pace with the players in the above tier.  Lucroy shows minimal power with a decreased average over the past month while Soto may have decent power, but a .193 August that had a dismal 0-for-25 stretch in there isn’t doing anyone any good.  Saltalamacchia, on the other hand, gets the bump for maintaining the consistent power over the past two months.  Sure, the August average could have been better, but Salty has proven to be a little better than most.

Shoebox Apartment
Wilson Ramos
A.J. Pierzynski
Rod Barajas
Jorge Posada
Humberto Quintero
Ryan Doumit
Nick Hundley
Yorvit Torrealba

More of the same from the veterans in this tier.  Some decent play, some poor play…just toeing the line, so to speak.  Doumit finally makes it back from the DL and has garnered solid time with his play in Pittsburgh and given his power potential, gets a bump to here.  Hundley, has also made it back from the DL and has gone back to hitting the way he did to start the season.  He should continue the trend through the end of the year.

Sharing a Room
Ryan Hanigan
Josh Thole
Jesus Montero
Salvador Perez
Tyler Flowers
Michael McKenry
Ronny Paulino
Ramon Hernandez
David Ross
Rob Johnson
John Jaso
Eli Whiteside
Brayan Pena
George Kottaras
Chris Stewart
Eliezer Alfonzo

A few new faces here with one player, McKenry, dropping down.  Mikey Mac drops with the loss of time to Doumit and, well, a real lackluster follow-up to a strong July.  Alfonzo just makes the cut here due to the potential of what he has done and could do in Colorado while stealing time from Iannetta.  Flowers is doing the same on the South Side.  Perez definitely has potential and the Royals will use him as much as possible, but he still needs time to grow as a hitter.  And finally there’s the arrival of Montero (::cue angelic chorus::).  Outstanding power potential, but his inefficiency in the field will limit him to a DH platoon.

Ivan Rodriguez
Jeff Mathis
Kelly Shoppach
Hank Conger
J.R. Towles
Matt Treanor
Chris Snyder*
Jason Kendall*
Jason Castro*
Buster Posey*

Again, just gross.  Nobody wants these guys.  Treanor slides down here with his trade to Texas, lack of playing time, and current concussion.

*denotes injured player

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10 years ago

Humberto Quintero in the tier above Jesus Montero!?

Even with the limited playing time for Jesus, he needs to be ranked higher than Humberto just based on the potential and the team. Add to that, Montero has as many HRs in 4 games as Quintero does in almost 70 games.