July Catcher Rankings

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Presented here are the July rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Players are ranked based on 5x5 value in mixed leagues.

Click to see other July rankings:

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

Catcher Rankings

July

Catcher

Team

2022

May

June

1

Will Smith

Dodgers

2

1

1

2

Alejandro Kirk

Blue Jays

5

5

5

3

Daulton Varsho

Diamondbacks

4

4

2

4

J.T. Realmuto

Phillies

3

3

3

5

Willson Contreras

Cubs

6

6

6

6

MJ Melendez

Royals

30

30

15

7

Gary Sanchez

Twins

10

13

17

8

Adley Rutschman

Orioles

15

14

11

9

Tyler Stephenson

Reds

9

9

8

10

Travis d'Arnaud

Braves

14

12

14

11

Danny Jansen

Blue Jays

22

18

10

12

Sean Murphy

Athletics

13

10

13

13

Christian Vazquez

Red Sox

11

16

12

14

Keibert Ruiz

Nationals

17

19

16

15

Jonah Heim

Rangers

40

26

19

16

William Contreras

Braves

48

42

20

17

Cal Raleigh

Mariners

27

40

35

18

Christian Bethancourt

Athletics

NR

NR

30

19

Yasmani Grandal

White Sox

8

8

9

20

Jorge Alfaro

Padres

23

33

42

21

Ryan Jeffers

Twins

31

28

25

22

Elias Diaz

Rockies

12

11

18

23

Salvador Perez

Royals

1

2

4

24

Victor Caratini

Brewers

44

45

49

25

Francisco Mejía

Rays

28

23

28

26

Austin Nola

Padres

16

15

21

27

Jose Trevino

Yankees

NR

NR

NR

28

Nick Fortes

Marlins

56

NR

NR

29

Eric Haase

Tigers

21

22

34

30

Max Stassi

Angels

36

29

27

31

Omar Narvaez

Brewers

24

25

23

32

Curt Casali

Giants

62

NR

37

33

Mitch Garver

Rangers

7

7

7

34

Carson Kelly

Diamondbacks

18

21

31

35

Luis Campusano

Padres

39

39

39

36

Mike Zunino

Rays

19

24

24

37

James McCann

Mets

35

35

36

38

Yadier Molina

Cardinals

29

32

33

39

Yan Gomes

Cubs

20

31

38

40

Luis Torrens

Mariners

34

36

43

41

Kyle Higashioka

Yankees

25

27

26

42

Joey Bart

Giants

26

17

22

43

Sam Huff

Rangers

33

37

29

44

Andrew Knizner

Cardinals

37

34

40

45

Gabriel Moreno

Blue Jays

54

NR

NR

46

Jacob Stallings

Marlins

42

41

41

47

Shea Langeliers

Athletics

60

44

44

48

Stephen Vogt

Athletics

NR

NR

NR

49

Francisco Alvarez

Mets

NR

NR

NR

50

Tyler Heineman

Pirates

NR

NR

45

Dropping off: Dropping off: Tom Murphy (32nd), Riley Adams (46th), Zack Collins (47th), Kevin Plawecki (48th), Connor Wong (50th)

  • Obviously, there’s a huge gap here after the top five. I feel pretty good about MJ Melendez in the sixth spot with Salvador Perez out for two months, but there’s another gap afterwards and there’s not much I’m married to from seventh on down.

  • It sounds like it’s only a matter of time before Mitch Garver undergoes season-ending thumb surgery in the hopes of allowing him to be 100 percent for 2023. I wonder if the Rangers might give Yohel Pozo another look at that point. Pozo is hitting .346/.385/.519 in Triple-A, and while he’s definitely a below average catcher, the Rangers would mostly be DHing him anyway. Pozo doesn’t have catcher eligibility in my rankings, since most of his appearances in the majors last year came at DH, but I’d have him ranked around 40th here if he qualified and he’d have top-20 catcher upside if he begins to factor in at DH.

  • Nick Fortes has me thoroughly baffled. This is a guy who hit .217/.293/.308 in 76 games in high-A, .251/.338/.359 in 57 games in Double-A and .246/.331/.379 in 66 games in Triple-A, yet he’s come in at .290/.372/.623 in 27 games as a major leaguer these last two years. And, incredibly, Statcast backs it up. He has an elite 93-mph average exit velocity this year, and he’s doing it with an outstanding 89% contact rate. Sure, he’s still way over his head, but at this point, he deserves a real look as a full-timer between catcher and DH. Unfortunately, the Marlins appear to be too fond of their vets to give it to him.

  • Victor Caratini is another guy who probably ought to be getting more playing time. Of the 13 Brewers with 100 plate appearances this year, he’s the only one with an .800 OPS, and his Statcast numbers are also the best on the team. Still, the Brewers haven’t even once included him alongside Omar Narvaez in the lineup.