Fantasy baseball rankings - catcher

Fantasy baseball rankings - catcher

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com

The following players qualify at catcher in standard Yahoo! leagues. Rankings are based on a 5x5 scoring system (batting average, runs, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases).

1. Buster Posey, Giants
2. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
NOTE: Best overall backstop in game.
3. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies
NOTE: Would be MVP contender if Phillies were contending.
4. Joe Mauer, Twins
5. Matt Wieters, Orioles
NOTE: Getting to stardom, slowly but surely.
6. Mike Napoli, Rangers
7. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox
8. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks
9. Jesus Montero, Mariners
10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox
NOTE: Has platoon flaws but overall numbers are solid.
11. Carlos Santana, Indians
NOTE: Still gives away too many at-bats.
12. Salvador Perez, Royals
NOTE: They were wise to lock him up.
13. Brian McCann, Braves
14. Ryan Doumit, Twins
15. J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
16. Wilin Rosario, Rockies
NOTE: Major pop but defense is a work in progress.
17. Yasmani Grandal, Padres
NOTE: A shame he toils in Petco.
18. Alex Avila, Tigers
19. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
20. A.J. Ellis, Dodgers
NOTE: The air has hissed out of the balloon.
21. Josh Thole, Mets
22. John Jaso, Mariners
23. Ramon Hernandez, Rockies
24. Martin Maldonado, Brewers
25. Geovany Soto, Cubs
NOTE: One of several train wrecks here.
26. Russell Martin, Yankees
27. Miguel Olivo, Mariners
28. Ryan Hanigan, Reds
NOTE: Standing in the way of Mesoraco.
29. Rod Barajas, Pirates
30. Derek Norris, Athletics
31. Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers
32. Michael McKenry, Pirates
NOTE: Deserves additional playing time.
33. John Buck, Marlins
34. Devin Mesoraco, Reds
35. Kurt Suzuki, Athletics
NOTE: Workload has taken a toll.
36. Jesus Flores, Nationals
37. Jason Castro, Astros
38. Kelly Shoppach, Red Sox
39. Hector Sanchez, Giants

White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert

White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert

The worst kept secret is finally out of the bag.

The White Sox officially announced the signing of free agent Cuban outfielder Luis Robert to a minor-league contract, which includes a $26-million signing bonus.

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“We are excited to add Luis — another young, extremely talented and impactful prospect — to the White Sox organization,” White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said. “Luis has the potential to be a dynamic, five-tool player at the major-league level, and we look forward to watching him develop in our system over coming seasons. Luis will immediately be viewed as one of the top prospects in baseball, and his signing adds to the growing depth of quality young players within our organization.”

The 19-year-old Robert played in 210 career games (including postseason) with Ciego de Ávila in the Cuban Serie Nacional and had a .315/.402/.467 slash line with 20 home runs, 92 RBI and 29 stolen bases.

Robert slides into the No. 2 spot on the White Sox Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.

Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.

“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”

Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.

The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.