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Top 10 Catchers From Last Week (7/16/18-7/22/18)

An especially thin position, there were quite a few standouts performers. With injuries to big names like Gary Sanchez, you might want to take consider some of the hot bats of the week.

 

1. Willson Contreras – CHC (98%)

.364 AVG, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB

Season Stats: (85 GP) .282 AVG, 35 R, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 4 SB

Contreras is still underperforming what many expected of him this season, especially on the power side. He still holds a lot of potential for average and power, with a couple steals thrown in. At age 26, there is still time to grow.

 

2. Yadier Molina – STL – (90%)

.429 AVG, 3 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Season Stats: (69 GP) .283 AVG, 29 R, 13 HR, 42 RBI, 3 SB

Molina was a hit machine last week as he is on his way to another great offensive season. He’s been consistent in the average department, and somehow, at age 36, he’s turning up the power.

 

3. Drew Butera – KC (0%)

.333 AVG, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (40 GP) .168 AVG, 8 R, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 0 SB

Butera’s home run propelled him to the top of the list in a light week for the catcher position. As Perez’s backup, he has seen a handful of games while Sal was injured, but has not been a standout at the position on the year as a whole.

 

4. Victor Caratini – CHC – C, 1B (1%)

.375 AVG, 3 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (38 GP) .283 AVG, 13 R, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 0 SB

Caratini has gotten a share of starts at both first and catcher this season while Maddon does his usual lineup juggling. At this point in his career, he doesn’t project for much future value, and is a role player off the bench.

 

5. Robinson Chirinos – TEX (25%)

.222 AVG, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (71 GP) .209 AVG, 29 R, 12 HR, 39 RBI, 1 SB

Interestingly, Chirinos has a first half remarkably similar to last year’s when it comes to home runs and average. He also hit .285 in the second half with 5 home runs in just under 150 plate appearances. Historically, he is a better second half hitter, so it might be a time to buy low in deep leagues.

 

6. Salvador Perez – KC (92%)

.182 AVG, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (76 GP) .220 AVG, 28 R, 13 HR, 41 RBI, 1 SB

Even hitting .182 on the week, 1 single home run can propel you to top ten in the catcher rankings last week. If anything tells you the depth at catcher, this should.

 

7. Curt Casali – CIN (0%)

.200 AVG, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (20 GP) .298 AVG, 6 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB

Casali has been above average in his limited playing time with the Reds this season. He is currently stuck behind Tucker Barnhart, but has done a good job as a secondary backstop.

 

8. Russell Martin – TOR – C, 3B (12%)

.222 AVG, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (65 GP) .181 AVG, 26 R, 7 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB

Martin’s average is dreadful on the year, but he did manage to hit a home run last week (a solo shot) that shot him up to our #8 position.

 

9. Omar Narvaez- CWS (17%)

.500 AVG, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (14 GP) .294 AVG, 14 R, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB

Amazingly, Narvaez continues to find himself in the top 10 rankings for catcher week after week. Not due to power, but a great hit tool has kept him hovering around .300 while he fills in for Castillo. One of the few delightful surprises for the White Sox this season.

 

10. Tom Murphy – COL (2%)

.200 AVG, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB

Season Stats: (21 GP) .276 AVG, 3 R, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB

Murphy finally put up his first home run on the season after more than 20 games. He has shown a ton of pop in the minors, and if he can put that power into gear in Coors, then you’ll want to scoop him off the wire, stat.

 

 

 

 

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