2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings - Catcher

2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings - Catcher

David FerrisCSNChicago.com contributor
We're looking ahead with these rankings - they're a sneak peak at 2013 values. Good luck down the stretch. 
1. Buster Posey, Giants2. Carlos Santana, IndiansNOTE: More aggressive approach might serve him well.3. Joe Mauer, Twins4. Yadier Molina, CardinalsNOTE: Deserves some MVP consideration. 5. Wilin Rosario, RockiesNOTE: He's pushed Hernandez out of the way. 6. Matt Wieters, OriolesNOTE: Hasn't turned into a superstar yet. 7. Brian McCann, BravesNOTE: No longer worthy of Tier 1 prices. 8. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies9. Salvador Perez, Royals10. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks11. Mike Napoli, RangersNOTE: Hard to rank after lost year. 12. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red SoxNOTE: Some platoon gaps but power must be respected. 13. Jesus Montero, MarinersNOTE: A long way to go, in the field and at the dish. 14. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers15. Yasmani Grandal, PadresNOTE: Hasn't looked lost in The Show. 16. Alex Avila, Tigers17. Ryan Doumit, Twins18. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox19. J.P. Arencibia, Blue JaysNOTE: Don't look back, prospects are gaining on you. 20. Josh Donaldson, AthleticsNOTE: In reality, a corner - make sure he keeps the catching tag. 21. Chris Iannetta, AngelsNOTE: A solid contributor, but will never be special. 22. A.J. Ellis, DodgersNOTE: A fun story but a modest upside. 23. Kurt Suzuki, Nationals24. Devin Mesoraco, RedsNOTE: Dusty Baker doesn't rush the rookies. 25. Geovany Soto, Rangers26. Ryan Hanigan, Reds27. Russell Martin, YankeesNOTE: All the mileage could be catching up to him. 28. Welington Castillo, Cubs29. Ramon Hernandez, Rockies30. Michael McKenry, PiratesNOTE: Pixie dust wore off down the stretch. 31. John Buck, Marlins32. Jesus Flores, Nationals33. Ryan Lavarnway, Red SoxNOTE: Might be a year away. 34. John Jaso, MarinersNOTE: Professional hitter, deserves a gig somewhere. 35. Taylor Teagarden, Orioles36. Josh Thole, Mets37. George Kottaras, Athletics38. Jose Molina, Rays39. Erik Kratz, Phillies40. Tyler Flowers, White Sox41. Jason Castro, Astros42. Rod Barajas, Pirates

Elena Delle Donne returns to Chicago, helps Mystics take down Sky

Elena Delle Donne returns to Chicago, helps Mystics take down Sky

ROSEMONT — Elena Delle Donne scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in her return to Chicago, and the Washington Mystics beat the Sky 82-67 on Wednesday.

The 2015 MVP asked to be traded in the offseason after four seasons with the Sky. She opened the scoring with a turnaround jumper from the free-throw line and finished 7-for-15 from the floor.

"Definitely feels weird coming in here, being in the guest locker room, being on the other bench and all," Delle Donne said. "But my teammates, they've been great and even in the locker room they're like, 'How you feeling? You good, you good?' Just checking on me, and that made me relax."

Neither team led by more than six points in the first three quarters, but Washington broke it open early in the fourth quarter with a 14-6 spurt. Delle Donne had six points during the span, Ivory Latta and Natasha Cloud each hit a 3-pointer, and the Mystics' lead didn't drop below eight points the rest of the way.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Washington, ranked sixth in the AP power poll. Reserve Tianna Hawkins scored 12 points and grabbed nine boards.

The Mystics shot only 40 percent but had 19 assists on 29 field goals.

"That's one of the best parts about our team is that we do move the ball well," Washington coach Mike Thibault said. "We're unselfish and we try to find the open man. If we had hit some 3s like we normally can, we might have had a few more."

Cappie Pondexter led the 10th-ranked Sky with 17 points and 10 assists. She also moved into seventh on the WNBA career assists list. Stefanie Dolson had 13 points and 11 rebounds against her former team, and Allie Quigley also scored 13 — all in the first half. Starting point guard Courtney Vandersloot missed her fourth game.

Quigley scored eight of the Sky's first 15 points in her first game of the season since returning from Turkey, and the Sky trailed 43-41 at halftime after shooting just 33 percent.

Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson gets some love from NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.

Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson gets some love from NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.

Is Northwestern becoming QB U?

Trevor Siemian and Mike Kafka have already been drafted this decade, and Clayton Thorson — the team's current signal-caller — could be next.

ESPN's noted NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Thorson as one of his top five underclassman quarterbacks ahead of the 2018 draft.

Now that doesn't mean much right now. Kiper himself dubbed his position-by-position rankings as "way too early." Thorson's stock could soar or fall depending on what happens next season. And Thorson will still have one season of NCAA eligibility remaining after the upcoming 2017 campaign, meaning he might not even be in the 2018 NFL Draft.

But it's solid praise for a quarterback who looked much better in his second season as the Wildcats' starter than he did as a redshirt freshman the year prior.

As a redshirt sophomore, Thorson completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 3,182 yards and 22 touchdowns (fourth in the Big Ten in both of those categories) compared to nine interceptions. Thorson also rushed in for five touchdowns on the ground.

His quarterback rating skied from 95.9 as a freshman to 125.9 as a sophomore.

Now, there's little telling where Kiper might rank Thorson among all quarterbacks for the 2018 draft. He ranked five seniors and five underclassmen, with Thorson ranked fifth among underclassmen, behind Southern California's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Louisville's Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

But certainly the Northwestern quarterback has captured the attention of draft evaluators and could follow Siemian and Kafka as recent Wildcats signal-callers to hear their name during the draft.