With over two months gone this season, it’s about time to start updating the player rankings. The emphasis will of course be looking toward the rest of the season. We’ll start out with the catchers.
1. Victor Martinez – After an early season slump, V-Mart is back in his normal grove providing power, RBI, runs and AVG.
2. Joe Mauer – Where’s the power? I’ll have to look deeper at this…stay tuned.
3. Brian McCann – Improved in May after a cold April.
4. Kurt Suzuki – Hitting in the middle of Oakland’s lineup and producing.
5. Mike Napoli – With Kendry Morales out, time at 1B will only help his counting stats.
7. Ryan Doumit – Decent AVG and power, but lineup around him limits runs and RBI chances.
8. Buster Posey – Should hit for AVG with a few homers, but with limited runs and RBI opportunities.
9. Miguel Olivo – Hasn’t hit a HR since May 15th and AVG is a mirage right now (.380 BABIP, .247 career AVG).
10. Rod Barajas – Similar to Olivo in terms of power, but expect AVG to remain low if not lower than current .261.
11. Jorge Posada – Injury risk holding him back here. Should hit when he’s on the field.
12. John Jaso – Hitting leadoff now against right-handed pitching.
14. Miguel Montero – Return from knee injury should limit his playing time and production a bit.
15. Yadier Molina – Low .275 BABIP should rise soon and raise AVG to go along with good RBI hitting 6th.
16. Matt Wieters – As a cry a little inside, he’s just not hitting. Better second half in 2009 so…
17. Russell Martin – Could stand to see a slight rise in AVG from a low .281 BABIP. Overuse has drained his potential.
18. Ronny Paulino – .312 AVG should fall (.345 BABIP), but playing regularly with John Baker out and driving in runs.
19. John Buck – Power has always been there, but low AVG hurts.
20. Nick Hundley – .250 career hitter getting by with a .353 BABIP.
Carlos Santana – When he gets the call-up, he’s in the mix for the top 10.
Ivan Rodriguez – Injury risk and AVG should fall from .366 BABIP. Little in HR/RBI/R production.
Francisco Cervelli – May hit .280 or so, but with no power and limiter RBI/R potential.
Ramon Hernandez – Hitting .290 with a high .340 BABIP, but little else (2 HR, 14 RBI).
Matt Trenor – Little production and Jarrod Saltalamacchia lurking at triple-A.
Chris Snyder – No AVG, good power, and Montero coming back.
Jason Kendall – Because he’s Jason Kendall.