Catcher Tiers Update: September 2013

Well, here it is  — the final look at the catcher tiers for the season. There really isn’t a whole lot of movement save for some injuries and changes of scenery, but let’s take a look and see…

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
Buster Posey
Yadier Molina
Joe Mauer

Sure, Mauer is dealing with a concussion and Posey has a finger issue, but both still remain at the top of the food chain here, so to speak. Mauer is a bit of a concern given his injury history and he hasn’t played in 15 games, but he’s just begun some baseball activities and is looking to come back soon despite the Twins lack of playoff hopes. Molina has also had his fair share of dings and dents, but he’s been toughing it out in the lineup still.

Naga Viper Pepper
Brian McCann
Jonathan Lucroy
Carlos Santana
Wilin Rosario

While McCann may get some extra rest between now and the playoffs, everyone in this tier has remained quite consistent. Lucroy and Rosario have both been getting some starts at first base so potentially adding extra position eligibility is always a bonus.

Red Savina Habanero
Matt Wieters
Victor Martinez
Salvador Perez
A.J. Pierzynski
Mike Napoli
Jason Castro

Castro takes a drop within the tier due to the knee issues he’s dealing with and the cyst he has on his right knee could take a little longer to heal that fantasy owners are hoping. Napoli drops down the full tier though due to a weak month of August (he hit just .208) and the fact that he’s likely to be out of the lineup a little more often as the month progresses and the Sox want to save him for the playoffs. He also gets bumped for the lack of consistency that those in his former tier have shown.

Scotch Bonnet
J.P. Arencibia
Russell Martin
Wilson Ramos
Carlos Ruiz
Miguel Montero
Ryan Doumit
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Evan Gattis

It’s the rise of Carlos Ruiz finally, as his four home runs for the month of August quadrupled his total output for the year. Everyone else , pretty much, stays the same.

Piri Piri
Alex Avila
A.J. Ellis
Welington Castillo
Devin Mesoraco
Dioner Navarro
Nick Hundley
Travis d’Arnaud

The bottom three in this tier have all been bumped up thanks to increased playing time and some improved performance. Nothing outlandish, but enough to separate themselves a little from the tier below.

Josh Phegley
John Buck
Kurt Suzuki
Chris Iannetta
Hank Conger
Yan Gomes

Gomes sees a bump in tier with increase playing time as Santana has been more of a DH lately and Suzuki sees a little bump here as his level of play has increased with his return to Oakland.

Carlos Corporan
Martin Maldonado
Chris Herrmann
Mike Zunino
Jose Lobaton
Wil Nieves
Henry Blanco
Rob Brantly
Ryan Hanigan
Jose Molina
David Ross
Steve Vogt
Derek Norris
Chris Stewart

Nothing dazzling here. Even though Herrmann has seen an increase in playing time due to the Mauer concussion, he hasn;t produced anything that makes you want to rush out and grab him for your starting lineup. Ross does see a bump in tier for the increased playing time that he’s been seeing lately. And welcome to the table, Mr. Vogt.

John Jaso
Jeff Mathis
Jordan Pacheco
Taylor Teagarden
Ryan Lavarnway
Josh Thole
Austin Romine

A drop for Jaso due to the injury, but everyone else remains right where they were last month.

Ramon Hernandez
Michael McKenry
Tyler Flowers
Yasmani Grandal
Jesus Montero
Kelly Shoppach
Francisco Cervelli

Flowers drops down and joins the triage unit down here now that surgery is impending.

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11 Responses to “Catcher Tiers Update: September 2013”

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  1. Theonewhoknocks says:

    Yan Gomes needs to move up a couple tiers if he’s going to be continuing to get every day Ab’s.

    Also Gattis is pretty high wasn’t he sent to the minors recently

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    • krugerindustrialsmoothing says:

      no, he was injured. oblique, I believe

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    • Hammerin' Hank says:

      They sent him down to get more consistent at bats but then Schafer got hurt so they brought him right back up.

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    • star5328 says:

      I know this is fantasy baseball, but as to this comment, We might be looking at an elite starting catcher in Yan Gomes. 2.8 WAR in 68 games. Still potential for progression as well. If he’s a 4.5 win catcher he’s fringe Posey/Mauer territory. Also no way they take him out of the lineup right now.

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  2. James says:

    Tight race in runs, hr, rbi and ba. Would you start Mesoraco or Zunino the rest of the way as a 2nd catcher in a deep league?

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  3. Cuck City says:

    Lets just ignore that Rosario outperforms tier1 in everything but AVG

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  4. Oh, Beepy says:

    Arencibia halfway up the list with a 68 wRC+ and a .242 OBP?

    Did you check up on all of these?

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  5. Tak says:

    No love for VMart??

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  6. Mason says:

    Mauer’s “injury history” is largely mythology. His number of games played since 2005: 131, 140, 109, 146, 138, 137, 82, 147 and 113 this year. Even taking into account 2011, which looks like an anomaly, that’s and average of 127 games/years. Remove 2011 as an outlier and he’s at 133. Yadi, for comparison, has averaged 127 games/year since 2005. Is there a catcher who’s averaged more games over the past nine years? Mauer has been amazingly durable for a big-league catcher.

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