Catcher Rankings with Commentary

I’m still continuing my commentary rankings even as we start releasing our Composite Rankings. These Average Draft Positions come from our projection pages. Each colored bar represents the start of a new tier.

Commentary Rankings:

Composite Rankings:

Let me know how you’re attacking C in the comments below. I’m open to taking Sanchez in the second round, but not specifically targeting him. From there, I’m likely to wait until the mid-100s or later to get my first catcher. I could double up with a Gattis/Ramos or wait for my second and get a Grandal/Iannetta. I did make some changes in these rankings compared to my initial run of the Composite C rankings, moving Lucroy up a spot and Iannetta up a few. Reminder: these are for a standard 5×5 league. Generally thinking of a 15-team league, but things wouldn’t change all that much for 10- or 12-teamers.

Catcher Rankings with Commentary
1 Gary Sanchez NYY 20 Really starting to look like the next Mike Piazza
2 Buster Posey SFG 52 Still elite thanks to that AVG; also 6 SB in ’16 & ’17
3 Willson Contreras CHC 58 His ability to bounce around the field opens up 500+ PA
4 J.T. Realmuto MIA 100 Legit speed keeps SB (avg. of 9 since ’15) in play
5 Evan Gattis HOU 141 2 DL stints (concussion, wrist) curbed playing time
6 Wilson Ramos TBR 157 Showed ’16 pwr wasn’t a fluke; .203 ISO from Aug 1 on
7 Salvador Perez KCR 97 Another 2H swoon (.692 OPS) says sell in June
8 Yadier Molina STL 149 Got in on pwr explosion w/+7% FB and 18 HR
9 Yasmani Grandal LAD 225 Has starting role; Barnes’ elbow is an issue for catching
10 Welington Castillo CWS 169 LD & Hard contact rates make ’16-17 BABIP plausible
11 Jonathan Lucroy OAK 198 Had a Coors-influenced burst w/COL; discount is there
12 Mike Zunino SEA 157 Had 35% K% during 2H surge (.281 AVG, .943 OPS)
13 Chris Iannetta COL 272 Think he’ll top his 98 G from ’17 & he’s back in Coors
14 Austin Barnes LAD 190 Skills are there, this rank assumes 350+ PA at C/2B
15 Brian McCann HOU 216 2 DL stints (concussion, knee) curbed playing time
16 Tucker Barnhart CIN 326 Played 80% of 2H gms; .831 Aug-Sept OPS; won GG
17 Austin Hedges SDP 256 Sold out for pwr (18 HR); glove keeps him in lineup
18 Christian Vazquez BOS 294 Pay for a .275 AVG; real shot at 400+ PA in solid lineup
19 James McCann DET 300 Should have all the playing time he can handle
20 Travis d’Arnaud NYM 288 Another DL stint (wrist), but .999 Sept/Oct. offers hope
21 Alex Avila ARI 335 Even with the humidor, this is a park boost for him
22 Robinson Chirinos TEX 255 Age-34 w/just 1180 career PA, but no one else in-house
23 Russell Martin TOR 315 Gtd PT when healthy offers solid floor, but he’s 35 now
24 Tyler Flowers ATL 298 2nd-best Hard% at C since ’16 (min. 400 PA)
25 Kurt Suzuki ATL 360 Crazy 19 HR yr is aided by FB%, Pull%, & Hard% surges
26 Jorge Alfaro PHI 245 Career 0.10 BB/K highlights terrible approach (all Cs: 0.36)
27 Matt Wieters WAS 328 PT alone sustains value; .561 OPS after April
28 Stephen Vogt MIL 352 Rebounded in MIL (.789 OPS), but will share time with…
29 Manny Pina MIL 357 …another late-blooming vet who can hit a bit
30 Blake Swihart BOS 500 Out of options, 2x Top 100 prospect has to make good

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Cervelli not in the top 30? I get health is a major issue, but he has the starting job on lock and when healthy is an OBP machine. Not to mention he was 30th on your composite list a couple of days ago.