2011 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Wheelhouse Rankings, Catcher (C), June 1, 2011

Maxwell SalvatiContributor IIJune 2, 2011

There will be no more smiles for this Posey Magnet for a loooooonnnngg while. Anyway, that being joked about, who cracks the top-5 to supplant Posey while he pops pain meds?
There will be no more smiles for this Posey Magnet for a loooooonnnngg while. Anyway, that being joked about, who cracks the top-5 to supplant Posey while he pops pain meds?Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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Top 30 Catchers

*Note: Number in parenthesis denotes last weeks ranking.

Tier 1

1 (1). Victor, Martinez, DET

  • Only here really because of a lack of better options.

2 (2). Carlos Santana, CLE

  • After a long drought he's strung together hits in five straight games, including a 3-for-3 night with two runs and two RBI. Even after an abysmal month of May, Santana is on pace for 18 home runs, 76 runs and 74 RBI. I expect him to end the year around .255/84/25/88/5. That .255 looks bad at first glance, but considering he's hitting .228 right now, that would mean he hits about .280 the rest of the way. Trending Upward.

3 (4). Brian McCann, ATL

  • Last week I proposed a question to Mr. McCann: What have you done for me lately? He so kindly replied, "I've gone 14-for-28 over the last week, with two home runs, five runs and five RBI. So suck it, Salvati!" Trending Upward.

4 (5). Joe Mauer, MIN

  • Back behind the plate on his rehab assignments. Should return to the Minnesota lineup within a week or two. Your window to buy-low is closing while you read this. Trending Upward.


Tier 2

5 (9). Miguel Montero, ARI

  • Last week I thought it was a good idea to rank him behind Wieters, Molina and Avila, this week I don't. Maybe his .310 two-home run, six-run, 11-RBI week had something to do with it. Not to mention the fact that the D-Backs are EN FUEGO. Trending Upward. 

6 (12). Mike Napoli, TEX

  • Four home runs in his last six games. He's back on pace for 30 HR. They're playing him more. Order has been restored. Trending Upward. 

7 (10). Geovany Soto, CHC

  • No Lou Piniella means more playing time. More playing time means more home runs. More home runs means top-five potential. Soto has been slow to return from injury, but he'll be fine. Last week to buy-low probably. Trending Upward.

8 (11). J.P. Arencibia, TOR

  • Two weeks ago he was at No. 22. This week he's at No. 8. No home runs in the last week, but he has continued to hit as he's brought his average up to .256 on the year. If he can hover around .250 with 25 HR, depending on his counting stats he could easily be a top-five catcher. Trending Upward.

9 (14). Russel Martin, NYY

  • Last week I said, "Gonna slow down. Gonna get hurt. Gonna lose time to Jesus. Sell-high while you still can still get something for him." While I stand by that statement today, I am starting to come around to the idea that even if he loses time, be it by injury or Jesus, I'd still rather have him in that Yankees lineup than Wieters, Molina or Avila, especially since he's the only catcher on earth that's running. That being said, you could probably get one of the guys above him in return and maybe even some more, which I would do instantly. Trending Upward.


Tier 3

10 (6). Matt Wieters, BAL

  • Slowed down a bit, but still producing.

11 (7). Yadier Molina, STL

  • Some people develop power in their late-20s. Maybe Yadier is some people. 10-15 home runs is well within reach.  

12 (8). Alex Avila, DET

  • He hasn't been hitting poorly lately, but he hasn't been hitting well either. This is more or less a gut call based on track record in the minors, and a lack of better options. Like Martin, if you could get him for any of the guys in the top eight right now, I would take that in a heartbeat. Trending Downward.

13 (13). Chris Iannetta, COL

  • I think scorching Wilin Rosario will probably be up at some point this season, which will significantly hurt Iannetta's value, but more or less he is the one who is control of his own fate. If he hits, Rosario probably stays down. Though Iannetta is getting better versus lefties, he's still not good enough. I expect a platoon, so for now this is where I feel comfortable placing him.

14 (15). Jonathan Lucroy, MIL

  • Quickly becoming one of my favorite sleeper catchers. He's more of a high batting average guy, with10 HR pop, but if he can turn that 10 into 15 then he becomes really interesting. I could easily see him being a top-10 guy next week if he keeps this up, and I especially like him because he's in that potent Brewers offense. Trending Upward.


Tier 4

15 (14). Wilson Ramos, WAS

  • Slowly enveloping Pudge's playing time, but his struggles at the plate continue. He's definitely going to go through some growing pains, but with Pudge there to guide him he'll be just fine.  Trending Downward. 

16 (17). Kurt Suzuki, OAK

17 (28). Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOS

  • Three home runs in his last seven games, but still not playing everyday. Trending Upward.

18 (24). Ramon Hernandez, CIN

  • More at-bats would really do Hernandez some good, but he's in a platoon, so this is as good as its gonna get until either he or Hanigan gets traded to Boston or Tampa Bay, which I think will happen. Trending Upward.

19 (18). John Buck, FLA

20 (21). Rod Barajas, LAD

  • Pretty much only has power to offer but he does have 20 HR pop.

21 (29). A.J. Pierzynski, CWS

  • He went 9-for-28 over the last week. Not hitting for very much power, but beginning to drive in runs. Trending Upward.


Tier 5

22 (20). Hank Conger, ANA

  • It should be his full-time job—or whatever the Angels' equivalent is—by the All-Star break, but who knows with that sociopath nut-job running the show. Just because you couldn't play offense, Scioscia, doesn't mean you have to go and ruin it for everybody else. Hammerin' Hank can sure hit though. I think he cracks the top-10 as the everyday starter, but until then he's not very useful. Trending Downward.

23 (22). Carlos Ruiz, PHI

24 (25). Miguel Olivo, SEA

25 (19). Jorge Posada, NYY

  • When I said I wasn't on red alert last week I must have been effing high or lying through my teeth to try and inflate or deflate his value in an effort to get someone to trade me something or another (Disclaimer: that was a joke). Anyway, I'm on RED ALERT now. Trending Downward.

26 (26). Nick Hundley, SD

  • Still on the DL. Should move up to around Ramos or Suzuki when he returns.

Tier 6

27 (30b).  Ryan Hanigan, CIN

28 (27). Yorvit Torrealba, TEX

29 (30a). John Jaso, TB

30 (30c). Josh Thole, NYM

30a (23). Ryan Doumit, PIT

  • Hit the DL with an ankle injury. Likely out for the whole month of June.

Did I leave anyone out? Am I completely off-base on a ranking or 10? Then let me know what you think in the comments section!