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Surprise! A.J. Ellis

With the awful injury to Wilson Ramos of the Nationals, it got me thinking about possible replacements for him. I was surprised and shocked by two of the 3 below recommendations.

From least surprising to most surprising:

Carlos Ruiz, Phillies:  Ruiz is having arguably the best season of any catcher in baseball.  Over the last month, he’s hitting .341 with 5 HRs and 21 RBIs.  He is not available in too many leagues by now, but he could be in yours.

Ryan Doumit, Twins:  When talking about the Twin’s catcher, usually we are talking about Mauer, however, the Twins picked up Ryan Doumit and he is producing.  He is batting .263 with 5 HRs and 23 RBIs.  Owned in only around 10% of leagues, he is performing like someone who could be owned in nearly all formats.

A.J. Ellis, Dodgers:  Who?  Exactly.  Ellis is basically a 31 year old  journeyman type player who is having a career year.  He is batting .338 wtih 2 HRs and 12 RBIs.  Nothing wrong with those numbers – especially that average!

Outside of a few staples, a good catcher is hard to find.  One of the above three may just give your fantasy team a nice little boost.

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