2015 Catcher Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
Seth Trachtman looks at some surprises to make the 25-man rosters as we head into the season's first full week

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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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2015 Catcher Rankings

2015

Catcher

Team

2014

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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