Welcome to the May catcher rankings update. Up this week are all of May's rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen.
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|12||Russell Martin||Blue Jays||9|
|23||Dioner Navarro||White Sox||27|
|27||Christian Vazquez||Red Sox||65|
|29||Blake Swihart||Red Sox||14|
|33||John Ryan Murphy||Twins||28|
|40||Alex Avila||White Sox||39|
- The catcher field looks awfully weak at the moment, with Schwarber, Mesoraco and d’Arnaud on the DL, Swihart demoted and Wieters and Martin off to particularly lousy starts. Plus, one of April’s most pleasant surprises, Saltalamacchia, is returning to his backup role now that James McCann is back for Detroit. There simply aren’t any sure things here behind Posey and Brian McCann. Grandal and Ramos are health risks. Castillo has been great, but he’s probably not going to keep hitting for average. Salvador Perez could be a top-five catcher for the next couple of months, but he’ll likely fade afterwards.
- Mesoraco, whose 2015 season was wrecked by a hip injury, is now weighing shoulder surgery for a torn labrum. He wants to try playing through it, but given that the Reds aren’t going anywhere with or without him, it would probably make more sense for him to have the surgery. Unfortunately, Barnhart, his replacement, doesn’t possess the power to be of much use in two-catcher mixed leagues.
- The Angels badly need Soto’s offense in their lineup and are starting to play him more, making him useful in two-catcher mixed leagues.
- Zunino is hitting .369/.413/.738 with eight homers and a modest 17 strikeouts in 84 at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma to make a strong push for another chance in Seattle. Unfortunately for him, the Mariners are doing quite well in the AL West, making it unlikely that they’ll have him replace Chris Iannetta right away. That’s for the best anyway; if Zunino is still hitting a month from now, then it would be appropriate to have him come up and share time behind the plate.