Brian, Catcher, Projections, Rankings

Brian’s Top 16 Catcher Rankings and Projections for ’14


Jon Heder stars as Buster Posey in the drama "Catching: Life on My Knees"

Jon Heder stars as Buster Posey in the drama “Catching: Life on My Knees”

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be doing rankings this year, but here I am, on a Sunday morning (with plenty of actual work to be doing) thinking about baseball, watching baseball, and projecting baseball. Like every year, I begin with the men behind the plate, not because they’re an integral part of fantasy, but because they’re the generals of the infield; everything has to go through these squatting men.

There are probably 2-3 catchers I would entertain taking in the top-100 (entertain, not necessarily enact). Outside of the top three, all backstops are created equal. I know I’ve said this many times before–in conversation, on message boards, and right here on Rotoballs, but–do not waste a mid-round pick on a catcher (unless you’re in a league that requires two catchers). As my projections will show, the difference between Carlos Santana and Jarrod Saltalamacchia is negligible.

There are three tiers in this position, indicated by the underline [projections are based on three-year averages and sabermetric analysis].

Name R HR RBI SB BA
1. Buster Posey (SF) 70 20 85 2 .301
2. Yadier Molina (STL) 67 17 78 8 .316
3. Wilin Rosario (COL) 69 25 82 4 .299
4. Joe Mauer (MIN) 76 12 67 3 .314
5. Carlos Santana (CLE) 74 22 79 3 .261
6. Jonathan Lucroy (MIL) 63 19 84 8 .284
7. Jason Castro (HOU) 74 22 71 3 .281
8. Brian McCann (NYY) 57 23 71 2 .263
9. Salvador Perez (KC) 55 16 77 0 .288
10. Evan Gattis (ATL) 66 28 81 0 .235
11. A.J. Pierzynski (BOS) 70 23 74 1 .275
12. Matt Wieters 63 23 81 3 .241
13. Yan Gomes (CLE) 69 17 63 3 .281
14. Wilson Ramos (WSH) 51 19 75 0 .263
15. Miguel Montero (ARI) 58 17 76 0 .267
16. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (MIA) 71 19 70 6 .265
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