Francisco Mejia
Indians' Francisco Mejia: Day-to-day at Double-A
Francisco Mejia, C, CLE
7/22/2017
News: Mejia, 21, is day-to-day at Double-A Akron with a hip strain, Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

He has not played since July 20, but it sounds like he may not require a stint on the 7-day DL for the RubberDucks. Mejia, the best catching prospect in the game, is hitting .320/.368/.525 with 10 home runs and five steals in 270 plate appearances. He has an exemplary 35:19 K:BB, despite being 3.2 years younger than the typical player in the Eastern League.

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Reese McGuire
Blue Jays' Reese McGuire: Returns from knee surgery
Reese McGuire, C, TOR
7/22/2017
News: McGuire (knee) was removed from Double-A New Hampshire's disabled list to begin a rehab assignment at the Jays complex in Dunedin.

The catcher had surgery in late May to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. McGuire, 22, scorched an RBI double during his first rehab game Friday in the Gulf Coast League. A first-round pick in 2013 by the Pirates, McGuire has yet to break through offensively over 370 career at-bats in Double-A (.249), but he's still considered one of the organization's top catching prospects.

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Brian McCann
Astros' Brian McCann: Gets Saturday night off
Brian McCann, C, HOU
7/22/2017
News: McCann is not in the lineup for Saturday's contest with the Orioles.

McCann caught the past couple games, and although he homered in Friday's bout, he'll hit the bench for a night off. Evan Gattis will give him a breather behind the plate.

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Josh Phegley
Athletics' Josh Phegley: Multi-hit effort in Friday's loss
Josh Phegley, C, OAK
7/22/2017
News: Phegley went 2-for-4 with a double and a run in Friday's 7-5 loss to the Mets.

The backstop's .208 average continues to lag behind that of previous seasons, but Phegley will continue to share catching duties with Bruce Maxwell. He has hit safely in three of his last four starts, although he's only seen action in five July contests partly due to having missed several games while on paternity leave.

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Martin Maldonado
Angels' Martin Maldonado: Clubs home run no. 11 Friday
Martin Maldonado, C, LAA
7/22/2017
News: Maldonado went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

Friday night's performance contributed to what has been Maldonado's best season at the plate. The 30-year-old backstop is now slashing .247/.310/.418 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI. It isn't an overly flashy stat line, although his sneaky power and consistent playing time make him worth a look in two-catcher leagues given the dearth of other options behind the plate.

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Drew Butera
Royals' Drew Butera: Starting Friday
Drew Butera, C, KC
7/21/2017
News: Butera is starting behind the plate and hitting ninth Friday against the White Sox.

The reserve catcher has started just two of the team's last 14 games, but he'll give Salvador Perez a break from backstop duties Friday (Perez will DH). Butera is hitting just .227 through 75 at-bats this season.

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Christian Vazquez
Red Sox's Christian Vazquez: Hits bench Friday
Christian Vazquez, C, BOS
7/21/2017
News: Vazquez is not in the lineup Friday against the Angels, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports.

Vazquez has just 11 hits in the past 30 games with only one of them going for extra bases. He'll hit the bench for a night off Friday, allowing Sandy Leon to enter the lineup in his place.

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Kevan Smith
White Sox's Kevan Smith: Heads to bench Friday
Kevan Smith, C, CHW
7/21/2017
News: Smith is out of the lineup Friday against the Royals.

Smith takes a seat for the second consecutive game, the first time that has occurred since June 16-17. The 29-year-old backstop hasn't exactly been a force from the plate recently, slashing just .200/.259/.240 this month, so Omar Narvaez will take over and act as battery mate for James Shields

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Yan Gomes
Indians' Yan Gomes: Sitting out Friday's contest
Yan Gomes, C, CLE
7/21/2017
News: Gomes is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Blue Jays.

Roberto Perez will start behind the plate for the third time in the last five games, signaling the Indians may be moving away from Gomes as an everyday lineup piece. The veteran backstop is hitting just .216 this month, but his defensive abilities make him a strong candidate for starts, as he leads the league with 20 runners caught stealing this year.

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Bruce Maxwell
Athletics' Bruce Maxwell: Sits versus lefty Friday
Bruce Maxwell, C, OAK
7/21/2017
News: Maxwell is not in the lineup for Friday's matchup with the Mets.

Maxwell continues to thrive as the Athletics' full-time catcher, but he'll head to the bench with lefty Steven Matz toeing the rubber for New York. Josh Phegley will replace him behind the dish for the evening.

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