August Catcher Rankings

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Welcome to the post-trade deadline edition of the player rankings. As always, players are ranked for the rest of the season based on 5x5 mixed-league value.

Click to see other August rankings:

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

Catcher Rankings

Aug

Catchers

Team

2022

July

1

Will Smith

Dodgers

2

1

2

J.T. Realmuto

Phillies

3

4

3

Alejandro Kirk

Blue Jays

5

2

4

Daulton Varsho

Diamondbacks

4

3

5

Willson Contreras

Cubs

6

5

6

Salvador Perez

Royals

1

23

7

Adley Rutschman

Orioles

15

8

8

MJ Melendez

Royals

30

6

9

Danny Jansen

Blue Jays

22

11

10

Gary Sanchez

Twins

10

7

11

Sean Murphy

Athletics

13

12

12

Travis d'Arnaud

Braves

14

10

13

Cal Raleigh

Mariners

27

17

14

Eric Haase

Tigers

21

29

15

Yasmani Grandal

White Sox

8

19

16

William Contreras

Braves

48

16

17

Keibert Ruiz

Nationals

17

14

18

Jonah Heim

Rangers

40

15

19

Elias Diaz

Rockies

12

22

20

Christian Bethancourt

Rays

NR

18

21

Jorge Alfaro

Padres

23

20

22

Carson Kelly

Diamondbacks

18

34

23

Christian Vazquez

Astros

11

13

24

Jose Trevino

Yankees

NR

27

25

Kevin Plawecki

Red Sox

41

NR

26

Victor Caratini

Brewers

44

24

27

Austin Nola

Padres

16

26

28

Joey Bart

Giants

26

42

29

Nick Fortes

Marlins

56

28

30

Francisco Mejía

Rays

28

25

31

Max Stassi

Angels

36

30

32

Omar Narvaez

Brewers

24

31

33

Yadier Molina

Cardinals

29

38

34

James McCann

Mets

35

37

35

Ryan Jeffers

Twins

31

21

36

Kyle Higashioka

Yankees

25

41

37

Francisco Álvarez

Mets

NR

49

38

Sam Huff

Rangers

33

43

39

Luis Campusano

Padres

39

35

40

Yan Gomes

Cubs

20

39

41

Jacob Stallings

Marlins

42

46

42

Reese McGuire

Red Sox

53

NR

43

Riley Adams

Nationals

45

NR

44

Curt Casali

Mariners

62

32

45

Tyler Heineman

Pirates

NR

50

46

Andrew Knizner

Cardinals

37

44

47

P.J. Higgins

Cubs

NR

NR

48

Luis Torrens

Mariners

34

40

49

Shea Langeliers

Athletics

60

47

50

Austin Barnes

Dodgers

58

NR

Dropping off: Tyler Stephenson (ninth), Mitch Garver (33rd), Mike Zunino (36th), Gabriel Moreno (45th), Stephen Vogt (48th)

  • It ended up being a quiet trade deadline at the catcher spot, as Christian Vazquez was the only starting catcher to be moved. Vazquez is a big offensive upgrade for the Astros, but since Dusty Baker loves Martin Maldonado's defense, Vazquez is expected to play quite a bit less than usual initially. That's why he fell from 13th to 23rd here. For August alone, he'd be even lower, but I imagine he'll start to win out over Maldonado towards the end of the season.

  • With Vazquez gone, Kevin Plawecki steps in as Boston's starting catcher. He's batting just .170/.263/.240 this year, but he came in at .305/.364/.414 in 262 plate appearances in his first two seasons in Boston and he's actually doing a little better in the exit velocity department this year than in the previous two seasons. He could prove semi-useful as a second catcher in two-catcher mixed leagues.

  • There isn't much else in significant role changes here. Since the Mets didn't acquire a catcher, perhaps Francisco Álvarez will get a chance at some point, but probably not within the next couple of weeks. Tyler Stephenson's unfortunate broken collarbone makes Michael Papierski the Reds' primary catcher, but it seems like he'll be a liability on offense. Eric Haase did move up from No. 29 to No. 14. It looks like he'll get more DH time going forward due to Miguel Cabrera's knee troubles.