Unread from 7/31

Who is the best option to fill in as my starting catcher while Brian McCann is hurt?
 
Dioner Navarro
Bengie Molina
Chris Iannetta
Kelly Shoppach
 
Thanks,
Justin from Pennsylvania

Hey Justin,

Although the veteran Molina might be the safest choice among this group, I like Iannetta the most.  After an extremely disappointing 2007, the former top prospect has rebounded nicely, especially of late.  Since the beginning of June, Iannetta’s hitting .281 with 8 home runs, 27 RBI, and a .553 slugging percentage.  He plays in an extremely favorable park for hitters and simply has the highest upside of the bunch.  Though Shoppach’s last two months (10 HR  28 RBI) have undoubtedly been the best stretch of his career, I’m just not convinced this will last.  McCann’s expected back relatively soon, so I’d ride Iannetta’s hot bat for now.  But with these kinds of names out on the wire, don’t be afraid to change course should Iannetta struggle and McCann remain sidelined.

Zach Steinhorn  
 

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