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Catcher Rankings Update – June 2011

As we get ready to head into a new month, it’s time to update the 2011 Catchers Rankings once again.  Remember, the criteria for these rankings 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)

The arrows are used to highlight a player moving up or down in tier, but you’ll also notice some minor tweaks within the tiers as well.  Some that will obviously have more impact than others.

Penthouse on Park Avenue
Brian McCann
Victor Martinez
Russell Martin
Miguel Montero

Only two of the original top 4 remain due to injuries.  But with some strong performances, and strongly sustained for that matter, both Martin and Montero get a bump to the Penthouse.  Martin has been a fantastic rebound this season and looks like he’ll continue to play at a high level in his new home in the Bronx.  Montero is lving up to that potential we were all expecting last season before he got hurt.

Comfy Living
Alex Avila
Mike Napoli
J.P. Arencibia
Carlos Santana
Matt Wieters
Geovany Soto
Joe Mauer

Joining this tier are Avila and Arencibia, two young power hitting backstops that have really taken the league by storm this year.  We all knew that both had the potential to be productive backstops and now they are both exceeding expectations.  Santana gets pushed a little further down and will stay where he is until he starts to pull that average up.  Until I hear better progress regarding Mauer’s recovery, I can’t help but drop him down.

Small House in the ‘Burbs
Jonathan Lucroy
Yadier Molina
Kurt Suzuki
Chris Iannetta
Yorvit Torrealba
Carlos Ruiz
John Buck
Jorge Posada

Lucroy has been fantastic since coming back from his opening season DL stint.  He continues to hit for a high average and has some good pop in his bat as well.  He’s climbing tiers at a rapid rate, so if he continues to perform well, he’ll be in Comfy Living in no time.  Buck gets a small bump, but could stand to improve that plate discipline.  Posada is rapidly losing time now that lefties are befuddling him.  At 39 years old, he’s got no where really to go anymore but down.

Shoebox Apartment
Ramon Hernandez
Rod Barajas
Wilson Ramos
Miguel Olivo
A.J. Pierzynski
Nick Hundley
Humberto Quintero
John Jaso

This tier has stayed predominantly the same, but Hernandez gets a big bump to the top of a new tier based on what he’s done recently.  Still splitting time with Hanigan, he’s put together a .300+ average and continues to hit with decent pop.  If he received more ABs, I’d be inclined to throw him into the tier above.  Hundley drops due to his lengthy recovery.  Are you ever coming back, Nick?

Sharing a Room
Chris Snyder
Jarrod Saltlamacchia
Ryan Doumit
Hank Conger
Josh Thole
Ryan Hanigan
J.R. Towles
Matt Treanor
Brayan Pena
Ronny Paulino

Nothing new from this tier.  Paulino joins as he seems to be garnering a little more playing time and not just against lefties anymore.  Salty gets a big bump within the tier due to his little power surge.  Everyone else is….well, everyone else.

Ivan Rodriguez
Jeff Mathis
Kelly Shoppach
Jesus Montero
Jason Kendall*
Jason Castro*
Buster Posey*

Nothing makes me sadder than to have to put Posey down here.  His 2011 is finished and his only value remains in keeper leagues.  His surgery was successful, so there’s hope, but that’s what they said about Kendrys Morales.

* injured player