Fantasy Baseball Adds and Drops: Catchers Edition
Cleveland Indians – Carlos Santana
Since being called up Carlos Santana has been consistent with the bat. In his last 10 games he is batting .387, has 12 hits, 6 doubles, 4 homers, 10 RBI’s, and 7 Walks. Santana also bats in the 3 spot so look for his bat to produce more RBI’s. A solid option at catcher or utility especially if you are in a deep league.
Arizona Diamondbacks – Miguel Montero
Since coming of the DL Montero hasn’t struggled like players usually do. In his last 10 games he is batting .350, has 14 hits, 4 doubles, 2 homers, 6 RBI’s, and 4 Walks. Montero bats cleanup behind Kelly Johnson, Stephen Drew, and Justin Upton. All who are capable of getting on base to let Montero drive them in. Another solid pickup at catcher or utility.
Florida Marlins – Ronny Paulino
Ronny Paulino has been consistent with the bat. He has been batting .300 or above since May 25th. So he may not rack up the RBI’s but he can help your team average. In his last 10 games he is batting .333, has 12 hits, 5 doubles, 0 homers, 3 RBI’s, and 5 Walks. Like I said before Paulino will help with your team average but don’t look for him to produce power numbers.
Milwaukee Brewers – Jonathan Lucroy
Since being called up Lucroy has hit in 12 of his 16 games with 5 of them being multi-hit games. Lucroy has won the battle at starting catcher over George Kottaras so you should see Lucroy progress with more at bats. In his last 10 games he is batting .325, has 13 hits, 3 doubles, 1 homer, 3 RBI’s, and 3 Walks. Certainly not a big power bat but he is like Ronny Paulino and will raise your teams average.
New York Mets – Rod Barajas
Rod Barajas was a great option in the beginning of the season but has visibly slowed down. His power numbers have been down, and he is just not hitting like before. In his last 10 games he is batting .172, has 5 hits, 0 doubles, 0 homers, 1 RBI, and 3 Walks. Clearly not producing and can really bring a fantasy team down. Cut him especially if an option above to add is still there.
Washington Nationals – Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan has been a surprise thus far. Though he is on the drop list he deserves an honorable mention for his first half performance. The reason he should be dropped is because despite seeing a .303 average and saying thats not bad. He has been steadily declining since the start of the season. Since May 10th he has dropped 90 points in his batting average. He also was on the DL for a bit which can be a blame for his decline as well as age. In his last 10 games he is batting .156, has 5 hits, 0 doubles, 0 homers, 3 RBI’s, and 1 Walk. Clearly he is slowing down and doesn’t show signs of revival. Drop him if one of the guys to add is still there or trade him.
San Francisco Giants – Bengie Molina
Bengie Molina’s power seems all but diminished. 3 homers and 17 RBI’s is no where close to what he has been doing the last 5 years. In his last 10 games he is batting .258, has 8 hits, 1 double, 0 homers, 1 RBI, and 1 Walk. When you draft Bengie Molina you are expecting a .280 average, 15 homers, and 70 RBI’s. His power is no where close to that and he seems like a bad option to have at catcher for now. Again add a catcher above if they are available.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Russell Martin
Russell Martin hasn’t showed promise of returning to his old form like in his first 3 seasons. Last season was his down year and this year seems like another one but worst. In his last 10 games he is batting .139, has 5 hits, 0 doubles, 0 homers, 2 RBI’s, 9 walks. He walks and scores runs good but he isn’t producing nor batting for average. He isn’t a person u’d want to drop but if he shows no progress soon he should be dropped unless you need walks and runs.