Top 10 Catchers

K Zone Master Ranking Mike’s Ranking Ian’s Ranking Mojo’s Ranking
 1)  Buster Posey (SF)  Buster Posey (SF)  Buster Posey (SF)  Buster Posey (SF)
 2) Jonathan Lucroy (TEX)  Yasmani Grandal (LAD)  Jonathan Lucroy (TEX)  Jonathan Lucroy (TEX)
 3) Yasmani Grandal (LAD)  Jonathan Lucroy (TEX)  Gary Sanchez (NYY)  Yadier Molina (STL)
 4) Wilson Ramos (TB)  Salvador Perez (KC)  Yasmani Grandal (LAD)  Wilson Ramos (TB)
 5) Yadier Molina (STL)  Gary Sanchez (NYY)  Wilson Ramos (TB)  J.T. Realmuto (MIA)
 6) Willson Contreras (CHC)  Willson Contreras (CHC)  Yadier Molina (STL)  Willson Contreras (CHC)
 7) Gary Sanchez (NYY)  Russell Martin (TOR)  Willson Contreras (CHC)  Gary Sanchez (NYY)
 8) Russell Martin (TOR)  Wilson Ramos (TB)  J.T. Realmuto (MIA)  Francisco Cervelli (PIT)
 9) Salvador Perez (KC)  Yadier Molina (STL)  Salvador Perez (KC)  Russell Martin (TOR)
 10) J.T. Realmuto (MIA)  Brian McCann (HOU)  Francisco Cervelli (PIT)  Evan Gattis (HOU)

Some Brief Words of Explanation: Catcher was likely the most difficult position to rank, for a multitude of reasons. First is the lack of players with a significant sum of games played, and the lack of offensive depth among those players. Between injuries and split time at other positions, a mere eight players “qualify.” Out of the 43 “catchers” with 200 at bats, only 14 are above average offensive players, and only Gary Sanchez and his small sample size surpass the 30% above average mark. But, as everyone knows, there is far more to catching than offense, which makes another difficulty of finding good defensive statistics for catchers. Our ability to get past this obstacle is much in thanks to But, once we got our act together, the fascinating ranking of the catchers became one of the most fun parts of this series. Former MVP Buster Posey tops the chart. Despite weaker-than-usual offensive numbers, he remains a well-above-average hitter and a defensive juggernaut. While Posey experienced offensive regression, number 2 catcher Jonathan Lucroy experienced defensive regression, although he remains very valuable on both sides of the plate. Yasmani Grandal showed off stellar defense last season and hit 27 home runs, despite barely reaching 450 at bats, placing him at #3. Wilson Ramos enjoyed a breakout 2016, hitting .307 and owning the best wRC+ among qualified catchers, but the recent Tampa Bay signee will miss much of this season’s first half with a knee injury, and is ranked fourth. Yadier Molina went through some defensive regression, but keeps a solid #5 rank due to a batting average north of .300 and is expected to bounce back, at least to some extent. Cubs prospect Wilson Contreras ranks sixth, as he impressed in a limited debut last season. Despite stellar arm ratings and a historic display of power in 2016, speculation of extreme offensive regression, backed by a less-than-terrific last month, has limited Gary Sanchez to the seventh spot on the list. Former all-star Russel Martin made the list as the seventh best catcher in baseball after hitting 20 home runs with good defense and leadership skills. Salvador Perez’s incredible arm and durability got him the #9 position. He caught a greater percentage of runners attempting a steal than any other catcher in baseball. J.T. Realmuto rounds out the list. His limited yet present speed provides an interesting contribution from his position, and unlike the horrendous defensive number that kept him at the bottom of the list, a .303 batting average can’t hurt.

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