MLB Position Rankings: Catcher

D.A.Senior Writer IJune 11, 2008


1. Bengie Molina, Giants—He leads all (qualifying) catchers in batting average (.327), hits (70), and RBI (tied for first at 42). His slugging (.491) and on-base (.354) percentages are high for a catcher, too.

2. Brian McCann, Braves—He leads all catchers in home runs (12) and slugging percentage (.573). His on-base percentange (.384) and batting average (.305) are high for a catcher, as well.

3. Geovany Soto, Cubs—He's tied for the lead in RBI (42), is second in home runs (11), and has high slugging (.538) and on-base (.371) percentages.

4. Brian Martin, Dodgers—He leads all catchers in hits (69), steals (six), and on-base percentage (.426). He's also slugging .433 and batting .321.

5. Joe Mauer, Twins—He leads all catchers in runs scored (39) and batting average (.327). His slugging and on-base percentages are both over .400.


6. AJ Pierzynski, White Sox—Batting a solid .302, slugging over .400 and has 25 RBI.

7. Yadier Molina, Cardinals—Batting .294 with 24 RBI and almost 60 hits.

8. Jason Varitek, Red Sox—Slugging over .400 with 24 RBI and seven home runs.

9. Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers—Defensive monster plus 4 stolen bases and 21 RBI but if his batting doesn't improve, he'll drop.

10. Ryan Doumit, Pirates—Slugging a monstrous .605, batting .345, with 18 RBI and seven homers.

11. Chris Snyder, Diamondbacks—Slugging .490 with 31 RBI and seven home runs.

12. Ramon Hernandez, Orioles—Has 22 RBI and four home runs.

13. Victor Martinez, Indians—Disappointing season should turn around soon, has no homeruns but 21 RBI and a .279 average.

14. Dioner Navarro, Rays—Batting a whopping .342 (but lacks at-bats) and slugging .459 with 25 RBI.

15. Miguel Olivo, Royals—Slugging .529 and batting .281 with 29 RBI and eight home runs.

16. Mike Napoli, Angels—Only batting .212 but slugging .459 and has 24 RBI and 10 homers.

17. Jorge Posada, Yankees—Should move up the rankings soon; his injury kept him out. Batting .299 with 13 RBI.

18. Rod Barajas, Blue Jays—Batting .287 with 21 RBI with five homeruns and a .500 slugging percentage.

19. Gerald Laird, Rangers—Suffers from having to split time with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Batting .283 with 22 RBI and four home runs.

20. Chris Iannetta, Rockies—Suffers from having to split time with Yorvit Torreabla. Batting .282 with 21 RBI and six home runs.

21. Kurt Suzuki, A's—Batting .250 with 15 RBI.

22. Jason Kendall, Brewers—Batting .247 with 19 RBI and two stolen bases.

23. Brian Schneider, Mets—Batting .255 with 15 RBI and two home runs.

24. Jesus Flores, Nationals—Only 91 at-bats, but batting .319 with a .560 slugging percentage and 18 RBI.

25. Kenji Johjima, Mariners—Only batting .226 with 14 RBI.


26. Chris Coste, Phillies—Suffers from the split time with Carlos Ruiz, but should move up soon with a .313 average and .548 slugging percentage.

27. Matt Treanor, Marlins—Batting .258 with 12 RBI.

28. Brad Ausmus, Astros—Only batting .217 with seven RBI.

29. David Ross, Reds—Only 60 at-bats and batting .233.

30. Michael Barrett, Padres—Only 50 at-bats and batting .200.

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