Fantasy baseball catcher rankings

Fantasy baseball catcher rankings

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com

1. Buster Posey, Giants
2. Mike Napoli, Rangers
NOTE: Summer's plan - go chase Arlington.
3. Matt Wieters, Orioles
4. Carlos Santana, Indians
5. Brian McCann, Braves
6. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
7. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies
NOTE: He's their MVP right now.
8. Joe Mauer, Twins
NOTE: No pop, always injury prone.
9. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks
10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox
NOTE: A platoon guy, but on the meatier side.
11. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox
NOTE: A nice time for a career year.
12. Jesus Montero, Mariners
NOTE: Hits better on days he catches.
13. J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
14. Alex Avila, Tigers
15. Salvador Perez, Royals
NOTE: Returns from knee injury, hit well on rehab assignment.
16. Russell Martin, Yankees
17. Wilin Rosario, Rockies
NOTE: Needs to improve against righties.
18. A.J. Ellis, Dodgers
NOTE: He's crashed, hard, in June.
19. Ryan Doumit, Twins
20. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
21. Rod Barajas, Pirates
22. Victor Martinez, Tigers
NOTE: Has a shot to return in August.
23. Geovany Soto, Cubs
24. Ramon Hernandez, Rockies
25. John Buck, Marlins
26. Kurt Suzuki, Athletics
NOTE: He'll share time with Norris, the rookie.
27. Miguel Olivo, Mariners
28. Josh Thole, Mets
29. Martin Maldonado, Brewers
30. Ryan Hanigan, Reds
31. Derek Norris, Athletics
32. Devin Mesoraco, Reds
NOTE: Doesn't look ready yet.
33. Nick Hundley, Padres

91 Days to Kickoff: Ridgewood

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91 Days to Kickoff: Ridgewood

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Ridgewood

Head coach: Don Gelsomino

Assistant coaches: Matt Walsh (DC/LB), Pat Rossi (OL), Vince Fanelli (DB), Miguel Villegas (RB), Ryan Patrick (DL), Paul Fekring (OL)

How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (5-0 Metro Suburban Red), lost to Rochelle in Class 5A opening-round action.

[MORE: 92 Days to Kickoff - Plano]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – Noble Pritzker

Sept. 1 – Maine East

Sept. 8 – @ Riverside Brookfield

Sept. 15 - Glenbard South

Sept. 22 - @ Elmwood Park

Sept. 29 – @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 6 - Aurora Central Catholic

Oct. 13 - @ Guerin Prep

Oct. 20 - Walther Christian

Biggest storyline: Can the Rebels win a third straight conference title and return to the playoffs?

Names to watch this season: Senior WR Marco Vitale, Senior OL/DL Jose Bodon

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to find a new quarterback to lead the passing attack with the graduation of Richie Zacharius.

EDGY's early take: The Rebels bring back a good core of starters from last season, including seven on defense. Look for Ridgewood to again be a factor in the Metro Suburban Conference and beyond this season.

Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox are about to roll through Chicago's South Side.

At the tail end of the holiday weekend, Sale and Co. will return to the place he called home for seven years.

Sale was initially scheduled to start in the series opener Monday against longtime teammate Jose Quintana, but the Red Sox will now throw out David Price in his 2017 debut.

The 28-year-old Sale is slotted in for Tuesday night's outing.

Asked how emotional he'll be returning to Chicago, Sale brushed it off:

"I don't have time to think about that right now," he said. "Get ready for it like any other start. I've pitched there a lot so I should be alright."

Sale last pitched Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, picking up his fifth win of the season with 7.1 strong innings. It was also the first time Sale didn't strike out at least 10 batters in a start since his 2017 debut on April 5, going eight straight starts with double digit whiffs.

On the season, Sale is 5-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 0.81 WHIP averaging a ridiculous 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Sale leads the league in games started, innings, strikeouts, WHIP and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching).

The big southpaw appeared in 228 games for the White Sox — including 148 starts — posting a 74-50 record with a 3.00 ERA, 1.065 WHIP and 1,244 strikeouts in 1,110 innings.