Up this week are the May 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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The Twins, Cubs and Mariners have gotten the most production from their catchers of any team to date. It’s been a true team effort for Minnesota; folk hero Willians Astudillo gets all of the attention, but he’s played just five games at catcher. Mitch Garver is hitting .364/.404/.795 with five homers in 47 plate appearances behind the plate, and even Jason Castro has managed an .816 OPS in surprisingly limited action. I’d have Garver higher if he didn’t have the other two to contend with; he’s not nearly this good, of course, but he’d probably hit like a top-10 catcher if he were a regular. I’m just not sure the playing time will be there, especially with Miguel Sano on the way back.
Omar Narvaez has five homers already for Seattle. He’s been a solid hitter since the day he entered the league, but he had just three homers in 354 at-bats in his first two seasons and nine in 280 at-bats last year. Doubling his home run rate for a second year in a row would be quite an accomplishment. Unfortunately, defense remains a big issue for Narvaez, and even if he keeps hitting, the Mariners still might want to go in a different direction at some point.
Travis d’Arnaud might end up in a better situation after being designated for assignment by the Mets, but he just didn’t look ready to contribute last month after completing his rehab from Tommy John surgery. It’s unlikely that he’ll pay immediate dividends if he gets picked up.