2019 Catcher Rankings

2019 Catcher Rankings

Cardinals Catcher Yadier Molina |  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Cardinals Catcher Yadier Molina | Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

2019 Preseason Rankings

#Player (team)ECRvs. ECR
1J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C,1B)10
2Gary Sanchez (NYY - C,DH)20
3Salvador Perez (KC - C,DH)30
4Yasmani Grandal (MIL - C)5+1
5Willson Contreras (CHC - C)4-1
6Wilson Ramos (NYM - C,DH)60
7Yadier Molina (STL - C)8+1
8Buster Posey (SF - C,1B)7-1
9Danny Jansen (TOR - C)90
10Welington Castillo (CWS - C)100
11Mike Zunino (TB - C)110
12Francisco Cervelli (PIT - C)13+1
13Robinson Chirinos (HOU - C)17+4
14Tucker Barnhart (CIN - C)15+1
15Yan Gomes (WSH - C)16+1
16Kurt Suzuki (WSH - C)19+3
17Chris Iannetta (COL - C)27+10
18Francisco Mejia (SD - C,DH)12-6
19Austin Barnes (LAD - C,2B)22+3
20Omar Narvaez (SEA - C)25+5
21Jorge Alfaro (MIA - C)14-7
22John Hicks (DET - C,1B)26+4
23Willians Astudillo (MIN - C,3B)18-5
24Jonathan Lucroy (LAA - C)21-3
25Austin Hedges (SD - C)20-5
26Tyler Flowers (ATL - C)23-3
27Brian McCann (ATL - C)28+1
28Elias Diaz (PIT - C)31+3
29Mitch Garver (MIN - C)290
30Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B)24-6
31Chance Sisco (BAL - C)43+12
32Christian Vazquez (BOS - C)320
33Carson Kelly (ARI - C)330
34Josh Phegley (OAK - C)45+11
35Manny Pina (MIL - C)350
36Tom Murphy (COL - C)34-2
37Russell Martin (LAD - C,3B)30-7
38Matt Wieters (STL - C)37-1
39Travis d'Arnaud (NYM - C)36-3
40James McCann (CWS - C)400
41Alex Avila (ARI - C)38-3
42Victor Caratini (CHC - C,1B)46+4
43Grayson Greiner (DET - C)39-4
44Blake Swihart (BOS - C,1B,LF,RF,DH)41-3
45Jason Castro (MIN - C)42-3
46Kevin Plawecki (CLE - C)44-2
47Chris Herrmann (OAK - C)48+1
48Michael Perez (TB - C)47-1
49Max Stassi (HOU - C)50+1
50Spencer Kieboom (WSH - C)49-1
 

J.T. Realmuto is my top catcher and his position as such was only strengthened with the trade to Philadelphia. The ballpark and lineup upgrades can’t be understated.

You know exactly what you’re going to get with Yadier Molina. He’s a plug and play nearly every day kind of catcher and that peace of mind is powerful for owners.

It’s weird not seeing Buster Posey up at the top of this list. He’s been so steady for so long but there comes a time for everyone. He’s completely lost his power and he’s in a ballpark that suppresses it to begin with. He’s safe for batting average but that’s about it at this point in his career.

‘Beef” Welington Castillo has long been a favorite of mine. He got popped for PEDs last season and missed some additional time with a shoulder injury. I’m expecting a bounce back in Chicago in 2019.

Zunino is good for owners who have their batting average secure elsewhere. He’s going to hit for power but that’s about all he’s going to do.

Francisco Cervelli and Tucker Barnhart are grouped together because they’re both safe, low upside options that should play quite a bit. They’re solid second catcher options in two catcher leagues.

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