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June Catcher Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: June 2, 2022, 5:27 am ET

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Up this week are the June rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300 for 5x5 leagues.

Click to see other June rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C

 

Catcher Rankings

JuneCatchersTeam2022May
1Will SmithDodgers21
2Daulton VarshoDiamondbacks44
3J.T. RealmutoPhillies33
4Salvador PerezRoyals12
5Alejandro KirkBlue Jays55
6Willson ContrerasCubs66
7Mitch GarverRangers77
8Tyler StephensonReds99
9Yasmani GrandalWhite Sox88
10Danny JansenBlue Jays2218
11Adley RutschmanOrioles1514
12Christian VazquezRed Sox1116
13Sean MurphyAthletics1310
14Travis d'ArnaudBraves1412
15MJ MelendezRoyals3030
16Keibert RuizNationals1719
17Gary SanchezTwins1013
18Elias DiazRockies1211
19Jonah HeimRangers4026
20William ContrerasBraves4842
21Austin NolaPadres1615
22Joey BartGiants2617
23Omar NarvaezBrewers2425
24Mike ZuninoRays1924
25Ryan JeffersTwins3128
26Kyle HigashiokaYankees2527
27Max StassiAngels3629
28Francisco MejiaRays2823
29Sam HuffRangers3337
30Christian BethancourtAthleticsNRNR
31Carson KellyDiamondbacks1821
32Tom MurphyMariners5220
33Yadier MolinaCardinals2932
34Eric HaaseTigers2122
35Cal RaleighMariners2740
36James McCannMets3535
37Curt CasaliGiants62NR
38Yan GomesCubs2031
39Luis CampusanoPadres3939
40Andrew KniznerCardinals3734
41Jacob StallingsMarlins4241
42Jorge AlfaroPadres2333
43Luis TorrensMariners3436
44Shea LangeliersAthletics6044
45Tyler HeinemanPiratesNRNR
46Riley AdamsNationals4546
47Zack CollinsBlue Jays4638
48Kevin PlaweckiRed Sox4143
49Victor CaratiniBrewers4445
50Connor WongRed Sox3847

 

Dropping off: Austin Allen (48th), Dom Nunez (49th), Brett Sullivan (50th)

 

  • 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.