2014 Catcher Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
Matthew Pouliot breaks down early 2014 catcher rankings

2014 Catcher Rankings

Matthew Pouliot breaks down early 2014 catcher rankings

Here are some very preliminary 2014 catcher rankings for your perusal. Try not to take the lists all too seriously; I haven't actually done projections for any of these players and many, many changes will be in store for the first official rankings in January.

Players set to become free agents this winter are listed without a team, while players with contract options are listed with stars. Players are listed at positions they're likely to qualify at next year, though there are still question marks there. Edwin Encarnacion is probably the biggest; he has 10 games in at third base so far. That's where I'm listing him, but he's far from a sure thing to qualify.

These aren't true keeper rankings, since only the 2014 season is being taken into consideration here. But if you're looking to make trades in keeper leagues in the coming weeks, I hope this piece will help you along.

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2014 Catcher Rankings


  • McCann, Ruiz and Saltalamacchia will be the top catcher free agents, and all should land multiyear deals this winter. One figures McCann is a goner in Atlanta, with the Braves instead relying on Gattis and Gerald Laird. The Phillies and Red Sox, on the other hand, will work hard to keep their catchers. Both Phillies catcher prospects -- Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle -- have been big disappointments and can no longer be included in Philadelphia's 2014 plans. The Red Sox have Lavarnway, who has improved defensively, to potentially replace Salty if the price tag gets too high. I have a feeling the Yankees will end up with one of the three. The Rangers, Dodgers, Mets, Cubs and Rays could also be in the market for starting catchers.

  • After the big three, the best free agents are Pierzynski, Suzuki, Buck and Navarro. Hundley and Lavarnway are trade candidates.

  • Given d'Arnaud's injuries this season, the Mets can't pencil him in as their 2014 starter. I imagine they'll sign a stopgap, with the hope that d'Arnaud could come up and win the job in June. Perhaps they'll simply re-sign Buck at a pay cut.

  • The Cubs were hoping Castillo would emerge as their long-term catcher, but I'm not sure he has much upside beyond what he is now. Since contending in the NL Central next year is a reasonable possibility, they should look to improve.

  • Lobaton has been a nice surprise while splitting time with Jose Molina in Tampa Bay this season, hitting .270/.330/.393 and playing quality defense. He's probably not someone who should start 120 games, but the Rays won't necessarily need to sign someone to play over him.

  • Jesus Montero should be done as a catcher, and his chances of starting at first base or DH for the Mariners next year have taken a hit due to his month-long absence following knee surgery and Justin Smoak's improved play in Seattle. He's also a Biogenesis player, adding to the mystery. That said, there's still quite a bit of upside here. He could be a top-10 fantasy catcher or entirely worthless.

2014

Catcher

Team

2013

July

1

Buster Posey

Giants

1

1

2

Joe Mauer

Twins

2

2

3

Carlos Santana

Indians

5

5

4

Wilin Rosario

Rockies

10

8

5

Yadier Molina

Cardinals

8

4

6

Salvador Perez

Royals

6

9

7

Matt Wieters

Orioles

4

7

8

Jonathan Lucroy

Brewers

16

11

9

Evan Gattis

Braves

44

22

10

Brian McCann

 

13

12

11

Miguel Montero

Diamondbacks

11

10

12

Jason Castro

Astros

23

17

13

Wilson Ramos

Nationals

21

32

14

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

 

18

13

15

J.P. Arencibia

Blue Jays

12

15

16

Mike Zunino

Mariners

62

21

17

Russell Martin

Pirates

20

18

18

Yasmani Grandal

Padres

25

20

19

A.J. Pierzynski

 

15

14

20

Josh Phegley

White Sox

87

44

21

Alex Avila

Tigers

14

26

22

Carlos Ruiz

 

19

19

23

Jesus Montero

Mariners

9

41

24

Devin Mesoraco

Reds

28

33

25

Chris Iannetta

Angels

22

24

26

Ryan Doumit

Twins

17

16

27

Ryan Lavarnway

Red Sox

47

NR

28

John Jaso

Athletics

26

25

29

Hank Conger

Angels

41

40

30

Dioner Navarro

 

40

34

31

Kurt Suzuki

 

36

30

32

A.J. Ellis

Dodgers

27

29

33

Rob Brantly

Marlins

29

31

34

Travis d'Arnaud

Mets

35

42

35

Derek Norris

Athletics

43

43

36

Tyler Flowers

White Sox

24

23

37

Jose Lobaton

Rays

74

39

38

Welington Castillo

Cubs

31

28

39

John Buck

 

33

27

40

Nick Hundley

Padres

34

NR

41

Yan Gomes

Indians

64 1B

38

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