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2015 Catcher Rankings

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As has become an All-Star break tradition, here’s a peek ahead at some very, very preliminary 2015 player rankings. I’m only concerned with next year here, so these aren’t true keeper rankings; if I were factoring in 2016 and beyond, some younger players would be listed quite a bit higher. As always, I’m going position by position (trying to account for next year’s position eligibility) and including a top 300 overall.

This winter’s free agents are listed without teams. Players facing option years are listed as “opt” in the team column.

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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | DH

2015 Catcher Rankings

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1 Buster Posey Giants 3
2 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 9
3 Devin Mesoraco Reds 21
4 Salvador Perez Royals 6
5 Yadier Molina Cardinals 7
6 Brian McCann Yankees 5
7 Evan Gattis Braves 11
8 Wilson Ramos Nationals 10
9 Derek Norris Athletics 25
10 Matt Wieters Orioles 8
11 Wilin Rosario Rockies 4
12 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks 12
13 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 24
14 Yan Gomes Indians 16
15 Mike Zunino Mariners 27
16 Jason Castro Astros 14
17 Josmil Pinto Twins 19
18 Stephen Vogt Athletics 38
19 Alex Avila Tigers 15
20 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Marlins 17
21 Russell Martin   18
22 Christian Vazquez Red Sox 88
23 Yasmani Grandal Padres 32
24 Dioner Navarro Blue Jays 20
25 Welington Castillo Cubs 22
26 Kurt Suzuki   34
27 A.J. Pierzynski   13
28 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 23
29 John Jaso Athletics 28
30 Chris Iannetta Angels 29
31 Nick Hundley opt 37
32 Christian Bethancourt Braves 75
33 Geovany Soto   30
34 Hank Conger Angels 31
35 A.J. Ellis Dodgers 26
36 Ryan Hanigan Rays 35
37 Austin Hedges Padres 87
38 Robinson Chirinos Rangers 42 1B
39 Blake Swihart Red Sox NR
40 Tyler Flowers White Sox 36

Catchers

  • Carlos Santana would have topped the rankings here, but he hasn’t caught a single game since coming off the disabled list last month and it doesn’t look like he’ll qualify as a catcher in most formats next year (he’s at 11 games caught at the moment).
  • It’s not a particularly strong free agent market for catchers, with Martin, Suzuki, Pierzynski, Soto and probably Hundley leading the way. The Orioles hold a $5 million option on Hundley, but the only way that gets picked up is if he’s traded.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if the Twins re-up Suzuki prior to free agency, further cutting into the class. If that happens, Pinto would drop some here. I’m not sure Pinto is ever going to be a starting catcher anyway; he can hit, but his defense is a problem.
  • It’ll be interesting to see what the A’s do with their three-headed catching monster this winter. I’d actually like Norris better if they keep all three, since it would most likely mean that at least two are going to be in the starting lineup most of the time. Norris hasn’t really done any DHing this year, but that could change going forward.
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