Up this week are the June rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300 for 5x5 leagues.
Click to see other June rankings:
|5||Alejandro Kirk||Blue Jays||5||5|
|9||Yasmani Grandal||White Sox||8||8|
|10||Danny Jansen||Blue Jays||22||18|
|12||Christian Vazquez||Red Sox||11||16|
|47||Zack Collins||Blue Jays||46||38|
|48||Kevin Plawecki||Red Sox||41||43|
|50||Connor Wong||Red Sox||38||47|
- With a .306/.366/.468 line, four homers and 24 RBI in 34 games, Tyler Stephenson has been a top-three catcher to date. Statcast, though, thinks he’s overachieved, giving him an expected average of .251 and a .397 slugging percentage based on his middling exit velocity numbers. Maybe it’s a trend for Stephenson, as he also outperformed his expected stats last year. Playing in Cincinnati certainly helps, though while Stephenson’s career OPS is 150 points higher at home (.895 to .745), his homer totals are even. The guess here is that Stephenson will be more solid than spectacular the rest of the way, though that still puts him comfortably in the top 10 at his position.
- While he’s not going to budge Salvador Perez, MJ Melendez is showing enough to make me think he’ll remain in the Royals’ plans for the rest of the season. He’s not striking out all that much (19 in 85 PA), and his 50% hard-hit rate is excellent. At this point, he should be hitting ahead of Perez in the Royals’ lineup.
- William Contreras is a bit tougher of a call, in part because he plays for a better team that might not be very forgiving when he goes into his first slump. Contreras has torn the cover off the ball, homering seven times in 16 starts, even though more than half of his balls in play have been grounders. It’s gotten him regular playing time of late, but the Braves don’t seem all that comfortable using him in the outfield and they probably won’t DH him with much frequency if he cools off. I’m placing him 20th in the rankings.