Top 10 Catchers

 The K Zone Overall RankingMike’s RankingIan’s RankingMojo’s RankingMaddie’s RankingJack’s RankingAaron’s Ranking
1Gary Sanchez (NYY) Gary Sanchez (NYY) Gary Sanchez (NYY)Yasmani Grandal (MIL)J.T Realmuto (PHI)J.T. Realmuto (PHI)J.T. Realmuto (PHI)
2J.T. Realmuto (PHI) J.T. Realmuto (PHI)J.T. Realmuto (PHI)Gary Sanchez (NYY)Gary Sanchez (NYY)Gary Sanchez (NYY)Gary Sanchez (NYY)
3Yasmani Grandal (MIL) Wilson Ramos (NYM)Yasmani Grandal (MIL)J.T. Realmuto (PHI)Yasmani Grandal (MIL)Wilson Ramos (NYM)Yasmani Grandal (MIL)
4Wilson Ramos (NYM) Yasmani Grandal (MIL)Wilson Ramos (NYM)Buster Posey (SF)Wilson Ramos (NYM)Yasmani Grandal (MIL)Wilson Ramos (NYM)
5Buster Posey (SF)Francisco Cervelli (PIT)Buster Posey (SF)Willson Contreras (CHC)Buster Posey (SF)Yadier Molina (STL)Yadier Molina (STL)
6Willson Contreras (CHC) Jorge Alfaro (MIA) Francisco Cervelli (PIT)Yadier Molina (STL)Willson Contreras (CHC)Buster Posey (SF)Willson Contreras (CHC)
7Yadier Molina (STL) Willson Contreras (CHC)Willson Contreras (CHC)Wilson Ramos (NYM)Yadier Molina (STL)Willson Contreras (CHC)Buster Posey (SF)
8 Francisco Cervelli (PIT)Yadier Molina (STL) Yadier Molina (STL)Austin Barnes (LAD)Francisco Cervelli (PIT)Francisco Cervelli (PIT)Francisco Cervelli (PIT)
9Austin Barnes (LAD)  Buster Posey (SF)Yan Gomes (WSH)Francisco Cervelli (PIT)Austin Barnes (LAD)Austin Barnes (LAD)Salvador Perez (KC)
10Jorge Alfaro (MIA)  Kurt Suzuki (WSH)Kurt Suzuki (WSH)Yan Gomes (WSH)Salvador Perez (KC)Salvador Perez (KC)Austin Barnes (LAD)


On an annual basis, catcher is perhaps both the hardest, and the most fun position to rank. The overall offensive weakness, but also the defensive complexity of the position both contribute position two’s uniqueness. Along with the usual Fangraphs and Baseball Reference, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball Savant deserve special shoutouts here for helping to quantify defensive catching metrics. There was heavy controversy among the writers as to who deserved the top spot, but Yankee’s backstop Gary Sanchez won out. Sanchez didn’t even bat the Mendoza line in his shortened 2018, but he did carry a .197 BABIP, 12.3% BB%, and 18 home runs in 89 games, along with a powerful throwing arm. New Phillies’ acquisition J.T. Realmuto claims the second overall spot after putting up 4.8 WAR in 2018 and leading the league in pop time. New Brewer Yasmani Grandal, ranked third overall, was worth 4.9 WAR last season, in part due to his .349 OBP. Grandal may go down as the best pitch framer in history, as he was worth 16.3 framing runs last season. Grandal is followed by yet another player new to his 2019 roster, Wilson Ramos, who is just joining the Mets. Ramos has had his share of health issues, but he hit .308 in 111 games last season, good for 131 wRC+. Ramos, however, is followed by a player far from new to his team, Buster Posey. Posey’s decline has seemed imminent over the past few seasons, but he still put up a .359 OBP last year between catcher and first. The young Willson Contreras follows Posey, and while his offense was merely average last year, he hopes to rebound to his rookie and sophomore numbers in 2019, when he was worth 126 and 122 wRC+, respectively. Another veteran, Yadier Molina, ranks seventh. Molina nearly set a career high in power last year, with 20 home runs in only 123 games, and was worth over 2.0 WAR for the eleventh straight year in his career. His division rival, Francisco Cervelli, Cervelli’s .259/.378/.431 batting line last season helped him reach 2.6 WAR despite below average defense. #9 catcher Austin Barnes will step into the primary role as Dodgers’ catcher this season, and while his offense ranked below average last season, he was the best catcher in baseball in 2017 on a per at bat basis (142 wRC+, 3.7 WAR in 102 at bats). Finally, thanks solely to Mike’s extreme optimism, Jorge Alfaro made the charts at the tenth position. Alfaro was actually worth 3.1 wins last season, thanks to good pitch framing, and a great arm, with a pop time of just 1.94 seconds. 


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