Not sure if the other writers are updating the tiers for their positions, but there seems to be enough significant movement among the catchers, that I though a post with an updated set of tiers was worthwhile. Taking into consideration past performance, ROS expectations and even a bit of keeper value, here’s a look at how the catching tiers look for the month of August and possibly even the remainder of the season.
If there was any doubt about ranking Posey up here by himself last month, the fact that he’s batting .458 with seven home runs and 27 RBI since the All Star break should put that to rest, right?
The fact that Pierzynski hasn’t faded here in the second half is extremely impressive, especially for a 35-year old backstop with so much mileage on him. He’s definitely earned the right to be up in this tier for the 2012 season. Santana moves up because he’s turning it up here at the end just as he did last year when his 12 home runs over the final two months turned so many heads.
Napoli drops another tier as his average remains under .230, but the power, walk rate and OBP keep him from falling too far. Wieters also drops as his overall performance remains stagnant rather than improves. And, of course, Ruiz drops with the plantar fascitis and the uncertainty of his ability to come back at all this season.
Lucroy makes a jump into this tier based mostly on his expected performance the rest of the way while the rest stay in the same tier as last month, but they shuffle around based on performance.
Suzuki makes the jump with the trade to Washington and some expected increased plying time. Avila drops due to a lackluster performance while Grandal stays right where he’s at until we see how he comes back from the oblique injury. Arencibia drops with the rest of his season in doubt.
Clevenger and McKenry debut here with the potential to move up a tier next month, while Soto and Flores drop with playing time questions moving forward.
Some overall disappointments here and barely worth the start in a deep two-catcher league even. Castillo has potential to move up if the Cubs are committed to him long term, but we won;t know about that until later on down the road.