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  1. These ranks look good, but I definitely don’t see Russ Martin as a top-tier C. Over the last month he’s got a .211/.349/.366 line with a .338 wOBA. Solid OBP option I think, but I still like JPA and Santana better for ROS.

    Comment by mrhano — May 31, 2011 @ 11:15 am

  2. I wish Santana would get his shit together. Thank god I’m in an OPS league, otherwise I’d have considered benching/dropping him. That batting average is murder.

    Comment by B — May 31, 2011 @ 11:47 am

  3. He’s been battling a sore toe for the past three weeks. I think he’s legit, and if you want to sell him to me, I’m buying ;-)

    Comment by V — May 31, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

  4. Some of your links are broke (Molina and Santana).

    Santana seems rated a bit high for a non-OBP league. I would take Yadier, Wieters, and Mauer over him right now. He’s kind of a darling among the sabre set, but so was Ben Petrick and Bobby Crosby. YTD, Santana barely makes the top 10 in HRs and RBI among catchers and his average crushes that value. That 20% K rate is his skill level, his HR/FB is stable right now, but some correction to BABIP might help.

    Comment by steve balboni — May 31, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

  5. wait what?!?! you mean that .975 OPS he put up in April wasn’t his newfound “true talent” level???

    shocking.

    Comment by batpig — May 31, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

  6. Jorge Posada is 1: no longer a catcher, and 2: not playing well enough to be in the third tier anyways.

    Comment by Johnny — May 31, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

  7. He is something like .212 BABIP as that levels off and comes toward league average the BA will come up as well. Just a bad luck stretch on BABIP as all other number are still solid

    Comment by Alex — May 31, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  8. I added Lucroy when Soto went on the DL, with Wieters as my other catcher in a two catcher league. Now that Soto is back from the DL I don’t know who to drop, Lucroy and Soto seem like a toss-up.

    Comment by JKB — May 31, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

  9. Links are fixed. Thanks for the heads up…

    Still holding on for a Santana surge….it’s coming….just might not come until the 2nd half…

    Comment by Howard Bender — May 31, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

  10. Most leagues that I know of don’t take away a player’s eligibility until the following season when a player switches and no longer plays a certain position. Posada still qualifies at catcher as a result of last year’s games played.

    And yes, he’s dropping, but I didn’t want to free fall him since there’s no injury. If he continues his current level of production, he’ll be in Shantytown before you know it.

    Comment by Howard Bender — May 31, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

  11. That’s a tough call. I almost want to say to drop Wieters. Lucroy is easily outproducing him and Soto will pick up his game and possibly surpass both of them.

    Comment by Howard Bender — May 31, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

  12. Where would you rank Eli Whiteside?

    Comment by Freddy T — May 31, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

  13. as Keith Law once said, “more like Eli Downside.”

    Comment by Big Oil — May 31, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

  14. Is Posada even worth rostering at this point in a 1 catcher 12 team league?

    I picked up Lucroy when he came off the DL, I just can’t bring myself to drop Jorge yet…and I hate the yanks…

    Comment by Shea Sera Sera — May 31, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  15. santana isn’t all that great, and is full of himself. overrated.

    Comment by nikolai volkoff — May 31, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

  16. not looking at the numbers, but I’m pretty sure Martin has a tendency to fade in the 2nd half. admittedly, he isn’t being managed by Torre anymore.

    Comment by Josh — May 31, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

  17. Martin : .253/.363/.480
    Arencibia : .259/.321/.503
    Iannetta : .241/.386/.467

    Tier 1, 2, and 3. Not sure what the big difference is between these guys. IMO Martin is too high and Iannetta is too low.

    Comment by majorkong — May 31, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

  18. Trade?

    Comment by Pondering — May 31, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  19. 14-team weekly — sigh — league, I have Napoli and Iannetta. Which should I trade?

    Comment by Pondering — May 31, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

  20. I would try to deal Napoli, but his limited at bats and it being a weekly league make it awfully difficult. I’m in a very similar boat and finding a buyer for him is tough. If you can accept the fact that you may only get 7 AB in a week from your catcher, then there’s nothing wrong with shopping Iannetta. I, for one, am not a huge fan of his.

    Comment by Howard Bender — June 1, 2011 @ 10:20 am

  21. Agreed — Martin may have a nice little comeback year but he’s not an elite hitting catcher. One hot April is all he’s had. His May looked just like the Russell Martin of 2009/2010.

    Comment by bowie — June 1, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

  22. I think all catchers are battling something sore at this point.

    Comment by bowie — June 1, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

  23. Catcher seems like weird position this year for fantasy baseball. About 13 solid OBP/Power options (counting Mauer), but no real stars. In the past, it was 2 or 3 stars and nothing. BAvg leagues change that up a little bit, but still, not much incentive to have a top player this year. Honestly, I’d feel almost as comfortable with Iannetta, Santana, Arencibia, Avila or Napoli as I would with Martin, McCann or even V-Mart, considering his injury history. Montero might be the best option at this point.

    Comment by Matt — June 1, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

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