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].
|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|